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Cavatappi With Cannellini And Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I'm always looking for vegetarian dishes that can be enjoyed by vegetarians and omnivores alike so I have good options of what I can bring to potlucks. I think this one could even be ok for vegans if you leave out the parmesan cheese at the end. And yes..it was tasty and filling enough for omnivores. I liked it enough that I made it again a week later. My boyfriend ate it but generally prefers his pasta to have more sauce and the sauce in this is kind of thin so he wasn't a big fan of it but still thought it tasted good. The beans make this simple dish feel more substantial than just pasta and it's a nice mix of textures.

small photo of the finished dish


Cavatappi With Cannellini And Sun-Dried Tomatoes

a box of Cavatappi (corkscrew shaped pasta)
4 fat cloves garlic, sliced
1 cup dun-dried tomatoes, drained and sliced into strips
1 pound canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
olive oil

  1. Start with setting a pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta.
  2. In a skillet, add 2 Tbs olive oil and 2 Tbs of the oil from the sun-dried tomato jar.
  3. Add sliced garlic and cook on medium high heat for a minute or so.
  4. Add 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes and toast for another 1/2 minute.
  5. Add 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes. Spread them out, let them sizzle, and toast for a minute.
  6. Ladle in 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Keep it simmering until the liquid reduces by half.
  7. Stir in 1 lb of the cannellini beans along with 1/4 tsp salt and about 1 1/2 cups more pasta cooking water. Bring it to a boil, stir together, and cook "at an active simmer" for 4 minutes.
  8. When the pasta is al dente, add it to the skillet to finish cooking in the sauce.
  9. Remove from heat and, if using cheese, add about 1/2 cup of cheese (Parm or Grana Padano) and a final Tbs of olive oil before serving.

bigger photo of the finished dish

Original Recipe: http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2007/04/the_dinner_im_a.html

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Looks good. I will try this

What the..? Is John McCain known for promoting veggies?

Cavatappi sounds like it should be the name of a large rodent. I know I'm thinking of the rock cavy, or the capybara, but still.

My stomach just growled SO loudly when I saw the pictures. LOL I think I should have eaten breakfast...sigh.

I love seeing photos of ingredients before they're made into something. It makes me think, "Oh! That's something I can do! It's not hard at all!"

Now that looks SO yummy to me but Manolo wouldn't touch it with his tomato phobia.

I make this fairly often because it's easy to make for one. LOVE sundried tomatoes!

Yummmm! Now I have something new to make for my granddaughter who loves beans and pasta! At her young age, she wouldn't even mind the red pepper flakes! Thanks for sharing!

Looks good but my husband has a thing against tomatoes. He might tolerate these because they are both sun-dried and cooked. I'll have to ask because it looks yummy!

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