Friday, August 12, 2005


Cannellini beans with rapini

Here's a quick, easy, nutritious side dish for that next cookout. This can also be used over pasta, making it a complete meal.

One 14 and 1/2 oz. can of cannellini beans, (drained and rinsed thoroughly)
one bunch of rapini greens
1-2 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons good quality olive oil
salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste
2 Tablespoons grated Parmeggiano or pecorino cheese
pancetta (Italian bacon), optional

Thoroughly wash the rapini greens. Plunge into lightly salted boiling water and cook until they are tender. About 5 to 7 minutes. Do not overcook because if you do, they'll become a soft and droopy mess.

After cooking the rapini, drain thoroughly.

If you are using pancetta, cook until crisp in a saute pan. Add the garlic and saute until just tender (do not burn the garlic).

Take the drained rapini and add to the (pancetta) garlic.

Add the drained and rinsed cannellini beans. Stir to heat through.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. (I sprinkle red pepper flakes to brighten the flavors).

Add a bit more olive oil, if dish looks dry.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Serve as a side dish with roasted veggies, grilled fish, meat. Or combine with your favorite pasta and sprinkle generously with cheese.

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wow, you used two words I've never seen used in the same sentance before. Cookout and nutricious. Here, when you use the word beans in conjunton with cookout, it is usually preceeded by "Pork and".

However, after reviewing the recipe, in spite of the fact it has a lot of green, healthy stuff in it, I must admit it sounds pretty tasty! The cheese and bacon are a nice touch, making it acceptable "guy" food!
looks great to me. i will be making this, but might wait until things cool down here in nyc so i can make it with pasta.
A first-rate recipe for cannellini beans that I have never seen before. I have only one recipe for cannellini and that's as a cold/salad/side dish; I've been looking for other versions.

I have always found it interesting that one could be a vegetarian, if you wanted, just by eating Italian cuisine; you'd never miss the meat.
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