Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pasta White Bean Bake

You know when you're starving, you want something hot and hearty, but you feel like there is absolutely nothing to eat in your kitchen?

I get that a lot. Luckily, I always have pasta. And beans. And usually at least one variety of frozen veggie.

While I cooked a cup of whole wheat shells in some chicken broth, I steamed some frozen green beans over a saucepan of water. I strained the green beans and about 4 ounces of white cannelini beans and plopped them into a ramekin.

Isn't this silicone steaming basket fun?

Anyway, I digress. Once the pasta cooked, I drained it and tossed it with 1/2 tablespoon of butter, salt, pepper, dried basil, and a little garlic powder. Then I mixed the pasta in with the beans (green and white) and topped it with a tablespoon of freshly grated parmesan.

Into the oven for about 8 minutes on 350, and then under the broiler for about 2 minutes to finish it off.

Whole wheat pasta for starch, white beans for protein, green beans for your veggie, and a little cheese and butter for delicious.

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