(originally made 4/2010)
Trying to expand my food choices a little, and have had a can of
cannelini beans kicking around the cupboard for a while. Normally I'd
use them for Pasta fagioli, but I wasn't in the mood for soup. This
recipe is another one from the Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast cookbook,
and overall I was pleased with the final dish. The final texture was a
little gummy, but totally my fault for not rinsing the beans well
enough. I substituted baby spinach for the arugula and added a twist
of fresh cracked black pepper. Bowties for the pasta since Jake
prefers them over spaghetti. Served it with a side of Asiago Topped
Garlic bread. Overall, a simple dish that's filling but not heavy,
and will be even better with summer garden fresh tomatoes.
Garlicky Spaghetti with Beans and Greens
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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8 ounces uncooked spaghetti (used bowties)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt -- divided
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups grape tomatoes -- halved (forgot to halve them)
1 can cannellini beans or other white beans -- (16-ounce) rinsed and drained
5 ounces arugula leaves (used baby spinach)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese -- (2 ounces)
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
Place pasta in a small bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, tossing gently. Set
aside, and keep warm.
2. Return pan to medium heat. Add oil, garlic, and pepper; cook 2
minutes or until garlic is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir
in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, tomatoes, and beans; cook 2 minutes. Add
pasta; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add reserved pasta water
and arugula, tossing gently to combine. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon
juice and cheese. Serve immediately.
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)
CALORIES 290 ; FAT 10.5g (sat 2.7g,mono 5.8g,poly 1.3g); CHOLESTEROL
8mg; CALCIUM 173mg; CARBOHYDRATE 38.1g; SODIUM 469mg; PROTEIN 11.3g;
FIBER 3.7g; IRON 2.4mg
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