Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pasta Fazool (pasta e fagioli)

This is the perfect, quick one-dish meal. You don't even need to add meat (it's good though)! It's great for using spring vegetables and cupboard staples. You could probably eat this for every meal for the rest of your life and not experience any nutritional deficiencies.

1 lb. loose Italian sausage
1 can cannellini beans
1/2 box chunky pasta
1 bunch broccoli raab (rapini)
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 c. grated hard cheese
3 Tbsp. Italian parsley, chopped
Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Cook up the sausage in a large frying pan. Meanwhile boil a large pot of well-salted water. Immerse the raab in the water for 1-2 minutes until it is bright green and tender. Remove with tongs and immerse in cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well and chop. Using the same water, boil the pasta until cooked and drain.

Add the onion to the sausage and cook until it starts to become tender. Add the beans, chopped raab, crushed garlic, and parsley and stir until heated through. Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine. Turn off the heat and add the cheese and season with salt and black pepper to taste.

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