December 20, 2011

pasta with beans and escarole

There are a few items that I consider pantry staples and this may be true for many households. Dried pasta, canned beans, canned chicken and beef broth for quick soups and simple dinner time side dishes are essential for me. With some pasta and a can of beans, it's easy to create a healthy and affordable dish for everyday meals at home.

This simple pasta side dish showcased my favorite cannellini beans, rotini pasta and escarole. In a skillet, heat about two tablespoons of olive oil and sautee the sliced escarole for a few minutes or until the color turns bright green. Toss in the cannellini beans and cooked rotini pasta next and gently stir to combine. This dish may also be served cold as a salad. Sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese and adjust the seasonings.

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