Spaghetti with Green Beans & Cannellini Beans
This simple pasta dish with a fresh tomato sauce is a great option for Meatless Monday.
A few months ago I visited one of the local farms in New Jersey which allows you to pick your own produce. The tomatoes and beans used in this recipe were picked straight from the plants and cooked the next day. I don’t need to tell you how fresh and wonderful this was. When the produce is really fresh, it really does not need a whole lot of ingredients to give it flavor.
This recipe, if you can even call it that because it is so simple, is from a cookbook my mom brought me back from her trip to Florence a few years ago. It is called The Cuisine of Italy – All the Recipes. This recipe is from the Campania region of southern Italy. The book only gave the quantities for the tomatoes and the pasta. Everything else you can add according to your own tastes.
This traditional Italian dish is very different from American pasta dishes, which are often swimming in sauce. In Italy, the sauce is meant to simply coat the pasta without extra sauce pooling on the plate.
Interested in trying some more traditional Italian dishes? Check these out!
- Broccoli & Salami Frittata
- Pesto Corzetti alla Genovese
- Milanese Cabbage Rice
- Fiorentini – Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies
- Gelo di Melone – Sicilian Fresh Watermelon Jello
- Panelle – Gluten Free Chickpea Fritters
- Sbrisilona – Almond Cookie Cake
- Italian Orange Cake
The only thing I changed was adding the beans. Since I came back from the farm with these beautiful green beans, I added them to the pasta. Additionally, I added a can of cannellini beans to add extra protein. That way I made it a complete meal for Meatless Monday.
And of course what doesn’t taste better with some good cheese sprinkled on top!
This simple dish was perfect to bring out the flavor of the fresh vegetables. It’s a fresh and light dish!
I used veggie spaghetti to add some more nutrients, but it can be made with any spaghetti of course.
Ready to make this recipe? I would love to see your photos! Tag me on Instagram #theschizochef with your pics!
You can also make it with other cuts of pasta.
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