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If you must cook with canned goods, why not make the best of it?
This is a recipe I discovered/adapted when searching bare cupboards and lots of cookbooks for something to eat. I had a can of chicken, a can of navy beans, a can of tomatoes, olive oil and a complete collection of spices. While cooking with canned goods is not something I exactly recommend, it is something I am obliged to do from time to time, so why not make the best of it?
One of my cookbooks is PIZZERIA, which has quite a few really excellent recipes, including a wonderful, from-scratch recipe for White Beans in Tomato-Sage Sauce. To do this right, you cook everything fresh from scratch, and it’s fabulous. To do it with almost empty cupboards and a little creativity, here’s what you do!
- A 2 quart soup pot
- 1 - 10 oz can of chicken
- 1 - 16 oz can of white beans (drained & rinsed)
- 1 - 14.5 oz can Italian Style stewed tomatoes (or whatever kind you have!)
- A generous dollop of olive oil
- A tbsp of bottled, chopped garlic or ½ tbsp of garlic powder
- ½ tbsp of dried sage or rosemary
- A shake of red pepper
- Black pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese to taste
Place the pot over low to medium heat. Add the olive oil and garlic and let them warm while you open cans and gather your spices. Add the tomatoes, beans & chicken (in that order). Don’t stir. Just raise the heat to medium high and wait for these ingredients to begin to boil. Then add the spices, but don’t add the parmesan cheese. Stir gently and lower the heat. Cover and simmer for 5 - 8 minutes.
While this is simmering, if you have some French Bread or other good bread, cut a few slices and toast them. To make some dipping oil, put about an 8th of a cup of olive oil in a small glass bowl with a pinch of garlic powder, a pinch of Italian seasoning or plain oregano, and a shake of black pepper. Set this in a bowl of hot water to warm.
By now, your soup and toast should be ready, so go ahead and serve them and get whatever you want to drink. Add parmesan cheese to your soup if you like. Now your dipping oil should be warm, so you are ready to enjoy your soup and toasted bread dipped in olive oil without feeling sorry for yourself because you're eating canned food!
Copyright:SuzanneBennett:February 3, 2012