It’s actually a bit embarrassing how many recipe binders and cookbooks I own. I have so many that I keep them in several rooms; some in the kitchen, the den, and a spare closet. Spreading them out makes the quantity less shocking. 😀 I just can’t help myself, I love going through magazine and cookbooks looking for new recipes. Oh, I can’t forget to include Pinterest. I can spend hours on that site collecting pins! Believe me, I can justify keeping my collection for many reasons. The biggest reason is I prefer to eat at home, so I am always looking for something new to add to our menu. That’s a good one, right? 😀 So, the other day I was going through one of my recipe binders and I came across a recipe that I love to make…Pasta e Fajioli
There are so many great reasons to add beans to your diet. Beans are a great source of protein and the B vitamin folate. Folate is needed to help keep homocysteine levels low, prevent birth defects, and helps prevent heart disease. Another bonus is they are a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol levels and reduces your risk of heart disease. Insoluble fiber is great for keeping you regular and maintaining a healthy GI system to help prevent colon cancer.
In addition to protein and folate, beans are a rich source of minerals, including iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Rinsing canned beans is a great way to reduce the sodium content and helps get rid of the oligosaccharides that cause gas.
Protein 19 g
Fiber 13 g
Calcium 139 mg
Iron 4 mg
Magnesium 134 mg
Potassium 920 mg
Folate 212 µg
This is one of those recipes I normally wouldn’t write down because it is so easy to make. I’m glad I did, because I almost forgot about this little gem. I use to eat this a lot! I’m so happy I found it again!
This dish is so hearty and filling that you won’t miss having meat.
- 8 oz farfalle or elbow noodles
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 12 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 12 oz can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté until fragrant.
- Add tomato sauce, garlic powder and oregano; stir. Simmer for 2 minutes.
- Gently stir in beans and cook for another 2 minutes or until beans are heated through.
- Sprinkle with crushed red pepper and sliced basil.
- Server over hot noodles and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
This Pasta e Fajioli is a delicious mix of creamy white beans, savory tomato sauce, and al dente pasta. It has a wonderful fragrance of fresh garlic and basil. It is so easy to make and is great for a quick-lunch or a delicious meatless meal.