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Healthy Pasta with Borlotto Bean Sauce

Updated on November 20, 2014

Healthy pasta with Borlotto bean sauce

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Healthy pasta with Borlotto bean sauce

The ultimate in comfort food and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry!
The ultimate in comfort food and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry! | Source
It's impossible to find borlotto beans in a can. If you don't want to go through the added steps of soaking and slow- cooking them, you can use a can of kidney beans.
It's impossible to find borlotto beans in a can. If you don't want to go through the added steps of soaking and slow- cooking them, you can use a can of kidney beans. | Source
Making the beans in a slow cooker is super simple and worth it. These beans are meaty and delicious!
Making the beans in a slow cooker is super simple and worth it. These beans are meaty and delicious! | Source
Gathering the ingredients.
Gathering the ingredients. | Source
You can't use too much garlic in this recipe!
You can't use too much garlic in this recipe! | Source
Love these flavors together: shallots, garlic and onion.
Love these flavors together: shallots, garlic and onion. | Source
Saute the aromatics for only 4-5 minutes.
Saute the aromatics for only 4-5 minutes. | Source
Add the tomato paste and dried herbs and sauté for a few minutes until fragrant.
Add the tomato paste and dried herbs and sauté for a few minutes until fragrant. | Source
Just need the bean water, beans and pasta and you are that close to eating!
Just need the bean water, beans and pasta and you are that close to eating! | Source
I love out of the ordinary pasta shapes. It makes the dinner so special. I even have German beer mug shapes for Oktoberfest!
I love out of the ordinary pasta shapes. It makes the dinner so special. I even have German beer mug shapes for Oktoberfest! | Source
This picture is variation I just made of this recipe. I chopped up Swiss chard into skinny ribbons and add after I sauteed the sun-dried tomato paste.
This picture is variation I just made of this recipe. I chopped up Swiss chard into skinny ribbons and add after I sauteed the sun-dried tomato paste. | Source
This recent variation truly makes this a one pan meal!
This recent variation truly makes this a one pan meal! | Source

Healthy pasta with Borlotto bean sauce

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 6-8 people

Healthy pasta with Borlotto bean sauce

  • 1 cup Borlotto beans dried, You can also use cranberry beans or rattlesnake beans
  • 2 cups cooking water, save one cup of the cooking water from the beans
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6-8 cloves fresh garlic, sliced thick
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste, You can find it in squeeze tubes
  • 4 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, for garnish
  • 1/2 pound dried pasta, Orecchiette works great in the recipe.
  • 2 bay leaves, to add in the crock pot with the beans
  • 1 tablespoon whole black pepper corns, also to add to the beans
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated romano cheese, or more depending on your taste

Healthy pasta with Borlotto bean sauce

  1. The night before you are going to make this recipe, soak your dried beans in plenty of salted water. The next morning drain the soaking water and replace with fresh in your crockpot. I like to make sure the water is at least 3-4 inches over the beans. Place your bay leaves and peppercorns in a tea ball and add to the water. Set your crockpot on low for 4 hours. When the beans are done be sure to save at least two cups of the cooking water. It's the main ingredient for your sauce. At this point you will want to start a pot of boiling water for your pasta.
  2. With the beans ready and your bean water saved, take a large skillet and add the olive oil. Heat your pan to medium high heat and add the onion, shallot and garlic. Saute until onions are translucent. About four to five minutes. Then add your dried basil, tomato paste and freshly ground black pepper. Saute another 2 minutes. You are trying to bring out the flavor in the dried basil and the sugars in the tomato paste. The water should be boiling for your pasta so start the pasta cooking. Drain when al dente. Which means it still has a nice bite or chew to it.
  3. Now start adding the saved bean water a half cup at a time. You may have to add up to 2 cups to get the desired consistency for your pasta. Also you will want to season the sauce at this point with salt. I like to start with very little. You are going to be grating cheese on top of the finished dish and this is going to add more salt.
  4. Add your beans and pasta and stir to combine. Plate your pasta and garnish with the Pecorino Romano and fresh basil. I like to serve this dish with my swiss chard recipe; the two together are delicious. Buon Appetito!

Amalfi Coast Borlotto bean sauce with onions, shallots and garlic

This recipe calls for you to soak and cook your own beans. I realize there isn't always time for that and the only one bean that would sort of work in this recipe is a kidney bean which you can find in any grocery. I recommend you go the extra steps to find a borlotti bean and then soak and your cook your own. It's well worth the effort. Did you notice that in the title I have Borlotto and in the previous sentence I have it spelled borlotti? Borlotto is the plural of borlotti. See, you didn't think you knew any Italian! If in the grocery you can't find these specific beans, you can also find it under the name "cranberry bean". Another equally delicious dried bean would be the "rattlesnake bean", so named for the way the bean pod curls as it grows on the vine. One other cooking note: in my directions I have you generously salt the soaking water for the bean. This has been a cooking no-no forever. In modern times it's been tested and it works great, so Grandma didn't know everything but I still like to think she did!

What gives this recipe it's depth of flavor is the sun-dried tomato paste. It is now super-easy to find and it often comes in a tube. This way makes it easy to keep on hand which means less waste. I never waste anything by the way. If a can is all you can find on your grocer's shelf, use what you need and then freeze the rest in ice cube trays for future use.

This recipe was developed with my grandfather in mind. Although he didn't make this dish, he would of loved the bite of the pasta, the creamy beans, and the rich basil flavor. It's classic "peasant food" which I find is real and honest food. It's nutritious, filling and always made with love. I always attack a recipe with those things in mind, never, ever forgetting flavor. It's not fancy but this may be just the recipe to get those picky eaters loving beans!

Amalfi coast borlotto bean sauce with onions , shallots and garlic

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      MindbodyandFood4u 3 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you. I am sure you will enjoy it!

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      MindbodyandFood4u 3 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, it is so good!

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      Good recipe, thanks for sharing. I will try this one.

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      Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico

      I would have never thought of mixing pasta and Borlotto beans but your dish does actually look very appealing. The Orecchiette is something totally new for me, interesting recipe.

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