Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Zucchini Pasta e Fagioli

zucchini pasta e fagioli. recipe. heatheromade.
I've always been a fan of pasta e fagioli (often butchered by Italian-Americans like myself as something that sounds like pasta fazool).  In plain English it's pasta with beans. My mom used to make it with tomatoes, garlic & those short cut noodles or tiny elbow macaroni.

When I have a fridge full of produce I try to use it so I don't lose it. We had some zucchini in the fridge which lead me to this new (to me) take on pasta e fagioli, I call it zucchini pasta e fagioli. I left the dried pasta in it's box & shaved my zucchini into wide noodles instead (similar to here) - making it gluten-free pasta my friends (& Auntie Pat).  It's a very rustic dish which is code for it's not super pretty but it tastes really good, so serve it just after sunset when the light is that cool blue color & you're too hungry to care about how it looks.

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 - 8 oz. cans cannelloni beans
  • 1-2 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (I used small heirloom tomatoes but chop up whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 tesapoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 zucchini, shaved into ribbons
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade
  • salt & black pepper
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
Make it!
  1. In a medium pot or large deep skillet sweat the onions in olive oil & a pinch of salt until translucent.
  2. In the mean time drain & rinse the beans.
  3. When the onions are soft add the beans to the pot & cover with vegetable stock - about 1-2 cups. Add the tomatoes & garlic. Season with salt, black pepper, & red pepper. Cook together over medium heat (about 5-7 minutes) until the liquid thickens & the beans are heated through. Taste often & season with more salt & pepper if needed.
  4. While the bean mixture cooks use a vegetable peeler to make your zucchini noodles.  Place in a large mixing or serving bowl (I used my mixing bowl as a serving bowl).
  5. Remove beans from heat & toss with the raw noodles. Sprinkle in the basil & some feta cheese.  Toss all together. Serve warm.
zucchini pasta e fagioli. recipe. heatheromade.

zucchini pasta e fagioli. recipe. heatheromade.zucchini pasta e fagioli. recipe. heatheromade.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, pretty tomatoes! :D I love using zucchini as pasta. Less guilt!