Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pasta with Garlicky White Beans & Tomatoes

There are a few things I *always* have in the pantry.  Pasta, beans, garlic, and well, Nutella, but I left that out here.
The creamy sauce is actually made from beans and it's so quick and easy, it's perfect for a weeknight dinner.  Or, add a glass of wine, and it's perfect for a weekEND dinner. ;)



Pasta with Garlicky White Beans & Tomatoes
{serves 4, adapted from BHG.com}

8 ounces penne (or other tube-shaped pasta)
1 (19oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus a few turns
olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 tsp. dried rosemary (or 2 tsp. fresh)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for sprinkling

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend 3/4 of the beans, chicken broth, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and a few turns of black pepper.  Set aside.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pot.  Add the bean puree and place over low heat.
Heat some olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds-1 minute.  Add the tomatoes and rosemary, stir and cook for an additional 1 minute.  Add in the remaining beans, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup parsley; cook until heated through.
Add the tomato mixture to the pasta and toss.  Serve immediately, garnish with more parsley if desired.

9 comments:

  1. oo I seems as though we have the same things in our pantry! Love the bright red that the tomatoes bring to the dish!

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  2. What an easy weeknight dinner recipe! Thanks!

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  3. I'm drooling! send some over for lunch, k?

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  4. I have all those things in my pantry right now! We have far too many beans in there, as the apocalypse is coming and my husband apparently thinks that beans will save us.

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  5. I almost panic when I run out of garlic I love it so much. Great recipe :)

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  6. This is genius. I'm SO making it! Mmmm garlicky...what a great word.

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  7. I'm making this for dinner tonight and I'm super excited! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Made this recipe for supper tonight, and it received a two thumbs up from my hubby, my number one critic. It was so easy to put together! Definitely going to be making this again really soon.

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  9. I love the addition of tomatoes! I often use beans to make pasta sauces, especially since I started avoiding dairy. Love garlic as well!

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