Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pasta fagiole and roasted green beans

I could eat soup every day -- tasty, satisfying, warm, nutritious soup. Yum! Pasta fagiole is one of my favorites.
My original recipe of this has the comment "J likes!" and is dated 1985. It's pasta and white beans with seasoning vegetables (carrots, onions, celery), with a little tomato and zucchini added near the end. At the table you stir in pesto -- I'm not sure that's traditional, but it is delicious. You all may have favorite pasta fagiole recipes, but if not, let me know and I'll edit this post to include it.

Lately we've been having roasted green beans two or three times a week. They are so good, and so easy. We toss them with a dab of oil (seriously, not much -- you don't want them greasy) and roast them for 20 min at 425. If the pan isn't crowded, I don't even bother turning them -- the undersides get plenty brown.

For years I avoided pre-mixed seasonings but on a whim I tried this and we really like it. I sprinkle it on the beans when they come out of the oven (we use it on other veggies, too), and they are delicious! Do any of you have other seasoning suggestions? I'd like to try something a little different.

So we had a really good dinner tonight! And even better, we started with pieces of a Mirabelle boule dipped in Yellingbo olive oil ...


jasmine said...

I love oven roasted green beans too, and my absolute favorite seasoning for them is sumac. It adds the perfect tang, in my opinion!

jovaliquilts said...

Oh, thank you!! I'll definitely give it a try. Won't be long, given how often we've been roasting green beans. :)

Ribbit said...

And to think I've never roasted my green beans. I always fry them in the wok w/ soy sauce, because that's what C told me one does with them. You guys are like a bunch of new virtual roommates for me to watch and learn from!

Also, J was eating fagioli at one year old?? Impressive! It sounds really good, and I like the pesto idea. My uncle started adding grean curry paste to everything (meaning broccoli soup, meatballs, etc), and it seems like pesto might be next in line.

Jocelyn said...

Dude, SUPER impressive! I was a hearty eater. Mmmm. Post the recipe!