Pasta and Bean Stew

Pasta and Bean Stew
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 557.1
  • Total Fat: 14.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 32.5 mg
  • Sodium: 409.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 78.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 15.0 g
  • Protein: 25.4 g

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Introduction

This is a variation of a dish I had at a lovely little Italian restaraunt. The broth adds the background flavor, but each component of the dish stands out as its own unique flavor, with no flavor being stronger than the rest.

Note: I cooked my beans in the crockpot with a hambone. I then used some of that broth and some of the water I boiled my sausage in. I have no idea how many calories this adds as I could not find the nutritional information. This will feed 4 hefty servings, or 8 as a light dinner. Also, I used ditalini pasta which are small tubes, but any small pasta should work fine. It may seem like a lot of work, but if you cook the beans in the crockpot and forget about them, there is really only 20 minutes of prep and cook time.
This is a variation of a dish I had at a lovely little Italian restaraunt. The broth adds the background flavor, but each component of the dish stands out as its own unique flavor, with no flavor being stronger than the rest.

Note: I cooked my beans in the crockpot with a hambone. I then used some of that broth and some of the water I boiled my sausage in. I have no idea how many calories this adds as I could not find the nutritional information. This will feed 4 hefty servings, or 8 as a light dinner. Also, I used ditalini pasta which are small tubes, but any small pasta should work fine. It may seem like a lot of work, but if you cook the beans in the crockpot and forget about them, there is really only 20 minutes of prep and cook time.

Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    3 cups cooked lima beans
    2 cups ditalini pasta
    2 italian sauage links - hot or mild
    1/2 white onion sliced
    1/2 fennel bulb sliced
    2 whole banana peppers sliced - jarred
    2 whole roasted red peppers sliced - jarred
    2 cups spinach
    3 cups broth - I used broth from beans and sausage

Directions

Soak and cook beans according to package instructions. I put mine in the crockpot with a ham bone and enough water to cover. I added salt one they were done. I then used the broth to cook my pasta in.

Cook pasta until just under al dente. Drain and rinse and set aside. If you cooked your pasta in the bean broth, reserve the liquid.

Boil the italian sausage for 20 minutes, remove from water and set aside to cool slightly. Add some of the water to the reserved bean broth.

Once the sausage has cooled slightly, slice about the same size as the vegetables. In a nonstick pan over medium high heat, brown the sausage, then add all other vegetables, except spinach. Cook until onions are lightly translucent but still have crunch. Add spinach and saute until just wilted. Add beans, pasta and vegetable/sausage mixture to the reserved liquid. Enjoy.

Makes 4 3-cup servings or 8 1.5-cup servings. The calorie count listed is for 4 servings.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user VENUSENVY23.

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