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.