February 12, 2006

Tomato and Canelli Bean Pasta Sauce

tomato and canelli bean pasta sauce

35 oz canned whole plum tomatoes
10 oz canned canelli beans, drained
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add onions, red pepper flakes and garlic and cook over medium-low heat until the onions are translucent, about 5-8 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon. Cook about 10 minutes then add basil and canelli beans. Stir and continue to cook over medium heat for an additional 10 minutes. Serve over pasta.

My thoughts:
I had this can of canelli beans in my cabinet for almost two years. We even moved with it this past July. I think I bought it to make some sort of bean dip or maybe escarole soup but it's all a bit fuzzy now. Anyway, I had read an article that mentioned a tomato-canelli pasta dish and thought I'd attempt my own version. I was pleased with how quickly it came together and how tasty it was. The basil makes the canned tomatoes taste fresh and the beans add a interesting texture/color to the dish. Yummy with some garlic bread and a sprinkle of Parmesan.