Every once in a while I like to try new recipes. Although I’m not trying to be a part-time vegetarian anymore I do still make vegetarian dishes throughout the week. Recently I made the below recipe and thought it was worth posting.
- 10 oz of spaghetti (enough for two or three people)
- 3 cups broccoli, cut up
- 15 oz cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed
- Alfredo sauce
- chopped garlic (I used 1 teaspoon of pre-chopped garlic in a jar)
- olive oil
- 1/2 cup crushed croutons
- crushed red pepper
- Cook the spaghetti, add the broccoli the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Make sure you have a large pan so the broccoli will also fit.
- While the broccoli is in the pot, blend the beans, alfredo sauce, garlic, and 1/2 cup of the pasta water in a blender until nearly smooth.
- Pour sauce into a saucepan and heat on medium heat until hot (about 3 or 4 minutes).
- Drain spaghetti and broccoli while sauce is finishing up.
- Spoon sauce onto serving plates. Top with pasta and broccoli.
- Dash some olive oil over the pasta.
- Sprinkle crushed croutons over the dish and add some crushed red pepper if desired.
This is a clever way to add beans to your diet. I could taste the beans, but they were pretty subtle. You could always use a smaller can of beans and a larger jar of alfredo sauce. The red pepper was way too spicy for me but Gene really liked the combination. We added chicken when we ate the leftovers, and that was tasty. So if you aren’t a hardcore vegetarian you could add some precooked chicken to the sauce.
Next time I’ll blend the sauce a bit longer, the tiny chunks of beans weren’t horrible but I think it would be better if it was mostly smooth. I will definitely make this again. I think it’s fairly healthy (beans and broccoli) and tastes good.