Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stewed Cannellini Beans in Citrusy Tomato Sauce

Cannellini beans are one of my favorite beans. They are creamy and so neutral in flavor that you can can add them to any recipes and they will taste amazing.

This stewed bean recipe is a very easy dish to make on a weeknight or days when you just forgot to run to the grocery store and wants to make a home cook meal. I added a little twist to my recipe by steeping peel/skin from one whole orange in the tomato sauce. The subtle citrus flavor not only brightens the dish but also adds a refreshing depth of flavor to the beans.

Pair this with some brown rice or buckwheat noodles and you have a winning complete meal for a busy weekday! 

Ingredients (serves 4 to 5 as a side dish):
1. 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
2. Skin from 1 orange
3. 1/4 cup water
4. 1 can cannellini beans (15 oz)
5. 1 cup fresh herbs (basil and sage), chopped
6. Salt and pepper to taste
7. Extra virgin olive oil, drizzle

1. Heat diced tomatoes, water and orange skin in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. In the meantime, drain and rinse beans.
3. Let sauce simmer for about 5 minutes and add drained beans.
4. Cook over low heat for another 5 minutes before adding fresh herbs. 
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil before serving.

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