Tuesday, March 23, 2010

beanie baby

what's the easiest, most delicious, hearty lunch time treat? Pasta e fagioli! It was especially great to make because all the ingredients were local (except the olive oil).

1 cup dried cannellini beans soaked over night and drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 sage leaves
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons tomato sauce (that I made and canned last summer- we're almost out!)
fresh cheese tortellini (locally made in Ann Arbor from grain grown in the Midwest by Pastabilities. It's really, really good, and is available at Arbor Farms.)
salt and pepper
grated Parmesan cheese

Put the soaked beans into a soup pot, cover with water and simmer until tender (about an hour).

Drain the beans, reserving the liquid, and puree half the beans in a food processor.

Heat the olive oil in the pot, add the sage leaves and garlic and saute for a minute or two.

Add the bean puree, tomato sauce, salt and pepper, and the reserved bean cooking water plus however much plain old water you need to total 6 cups of water

Add the whole beans, bring the broth to a boil, add the pasta and cook it until it's done.

Serve and garnish with Parmesan cheese!

It's almost ridiculous how good it is.


Elizabeth said...

Come cook for me. It pays :)

Denise | Chez Danisse said...


Alicia said...

Those are beans? They look like pasta! I don't eat a lot of beans, I should.. this looks good!

Alicia said...

WOW - just kidding, they are ravioli. ahaha ahh I need another cup of coffee.

Dancing Branflake said...

That sounds delicious and not too heavy. Perfect!

SogniSorrisi said...

Yummy! My mother-in-law actually made a really good pasta e fagioli the other night. I usually prefer ceci, but the fagioli are still delicious.

mindy said...

yum! can't wait to try this out.