April 25, 2011

Pasta, Greens, & Beans Recipe

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I love magazines.  First I like to look at the pictures and cruise quickly through them.  Then I like to go back through it again and really delve into it.  I am a big fan of Parents Magazine and love all the fun tidbits I find in it.  The April 2011 had a simple recipe that I really wanted to try.  Good, healthy, and kid friendly recipes are one of my very favorites.

You'll need 8 oz pasta (I decided to try a fancy Quinoa pasta but any pasta will do fine), One Onion, One Celery Stalk, Cabbage, Ham, Chicken Broth, Canned White Beans, and Parmesan Cheese.

Dice up your Onion and Celery and ad to a warm pan over medium heat with about 2 TBSP of Olive Oil.  Saute until softened about 5 minutes.  Meanwhile start your pasta and cook according to directions.

Chop up your cabbage, you'll need about 3 cups worth, and add it to the skillet.  Cook until just wilted, 3-4 minutes.

When your pasta is done, drain and set aside.  Don't overcook the pasta.

Chop up your ham and add to the skillet.

Now add your can of White Beans and the Chicken broth into the skillet.  Season with Salt & Pepper and cook until everything is heated through 5-7 minutes.

Add your noodles into the skillet and stir gently.  Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Yummy!  You want the mixture to be moist but not soupy.  If it is too dry add more broth or some water.

Top with grated Parmesan Cheese and Enjoy!

Pasta, Greens, & Beans
Source:  Parents Magazine

8 oz Pasta
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 Onion, Diced
1 Celery Stalk, Diced
3 Cups Chopped Cabbage
1/2 Cup chopped Ham
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Can White Beans
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta per package directions.  Drain and set aside.

While the Pasta is cooking, place the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  When hot, add the onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the cabbage and cook until just wilted, 3-4 minutes.  Then add the ham, broth, and beans.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until everything is heated through, about 5-7 more minutes.  If it seems dry, add a little more broth or water; it should be moist but not soupy.

Add the pasta to the bean mixture and stir gently.  Taste and adjust the seasoning.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

Approximately 8 Servings

Calories 233
Carbs 38
Fat 4
Protein 13

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