Pasta and Beans (and many fine things!)

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I have mentioned before my philosophy regarding a well-stocked pantry. For us, "pantry" also includes the freezer, where we keep bone stocks (frozen in 1 1/2 cup portions), diced aromatic vegetables (onions, peppers, and celery) that we freeze to avoid waste and a variety of meats for future dinners. This happy meal came from the pantry.....

Pasta and Beans, easy and delicious!
Pasta and Beans.

Pasta and Beans
by the seat of my pants!

2 T olive oil
small onion diced
2 -3 cloves garlic minced

3 c stock or broth (we had turkey stock in the freezer)
salt and pepper to taste
2 c cooked or 1 can cannellini beans drained
8 c loosely packed greens of choice (we had baby arugula) - chopped or torn into small pieces

8-12 oz pasta of choice, cooked al-dente, drained and set aside

Saute garlic and onion in oil, do not brown. 

Add stock and greens, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. 
Simmer 5-10 minutes for reduction. Taste for seasonings. 

Add beans, increase heat to medium bringing to a boil. 
Stir in pasta, let cook 3-5 minutes on medium heat. 

Serve in bowls with some of the broth, offer Parmesan cheese and Tomato Serendipity to season individually as desired.

We hope you enjoy this simple meal as much as we did. Add some crusty whole-grain bread and fresh fruit for a wonderful yet easy dinner.


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  1. Don't you love cooking from your pantry (freezer, fridge)!

  2. How interesting to cook salad leaves like that - we tend to just have them raw. Cheers

  3. I always enjoy your "by the seat" recipes. And I also consider my freezer an extension of my pantry.
    Thank you for sharing--love the greens in this dish.


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