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This is the end result of my experiment with making pasta noodles with kale in them!! I was very pleased! This dish is super flavorful & seems like it should be pretty healthy, too. I made double the white bean recipe I am going to post here. I hope to make another bean highlighted dish soon – maybe a bean dip. If you like beans – maybe double the recipe, too, and have extra on the side for future uses. I love that the packaging here reads “great for cooking.” What else do you use beans for? Stuffing chairs?
Fresh Kale Fettuccine with Herbed White Beans, Lemon & Shaved Pecorino Romano
2 cups dry white beans (small ones – not large ones)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dry oregano
1 1/2 tsp dry parsley
1 1/2 tsp savory
1 1/2 tsp white pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic – sliced very thinly
4+ sprigs of fresh thyme – stems removed
4+ sprigs of fresh oregano – stems removed
1 lemon – cut into wedges
Diced tomatoes for garnish
extra fresh thyme for garnish
Parsley – chopped – as garnish
Pecorino Romano (or other hard Italian cheese – like Parmesan) shaved.
S&P to taste
4 servings fresh Kale Fettuccine – or other pasta – preferably homemade
Put the beans & DRY spices (salt, oregano, savory, parsley, white pepper) in a large pot with enough water to cover them by at least two inches. Bring to a boil. Stir, then cover & lower heat to the lowest setting & simmer for at least two hours – or until the beans are tender.
In a small frying pan, heat the oil. Add the sliced garlic (See that amazing garlic slicer above? I recommend them!), fresh thyme & oregano. Heat for a few minutes on a medium flame – but stop before the garlic begins to change color. With a wooden spoon, muddle the garlic & herbs into the oil by pressing down on them to release their flavors. Remove from heat & let sit while the beans cook.
When the beans are done, drain them. Put them in a bowl & mix in the herbed olive oil. Set aside.
Cook the pasta. If using homemade – know it will cook VERY fast & rise to the top of the boiling water. Drain & drizzle liberally with olive oil & toss.
Put a portion of pasta on each plate, top with a portion of the herbed beans, top with chopped tomatoes & extra fresh herbs. Go crazy with parsley. It has such a fresh & lovely flavor. Treat it as an ingredient – not just a decoration. Place a lemon wedge on each plate for squeezing over the pasta. Liberally add shaved cheese to each plate & serve!