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Whole wheat pasta with garlic, asparagus, white beans, and tomato

Updated on February 3, 2013

Whole wheat pasta with asparagus, garlic, white beans, and tomato

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Whole Wheat pasta with garlic, asparagus,white beans, and tomato

A warm bowl of yummy goodness!
A warm bowl of yummy goodness! | Source
All the ingredients. You may have some of this already on hand!
All the ingredients. You may have some of this already on hand! | Source
Wash the asparagus and just snap off the bottoms with your hands. It will snap off where it is beginning to lose its fibrousness.
Wash the asparagus and just snap off the bottoms with your hands. It will snap off where it is beginning to lose its fibrousness. | Source
The ends are all gone! You can freeze and save them for a veggie stock.
The ends are all gone! You can freeze and save them for a veggie stock. | Source
Cut the asparagus to the same size as your pasta.
Cut the asparagus to the same size as your pasta. | Source
Save money, time, and dishwashing by blanching the asparagus in the pasta water.
Save money, time, and dishwashing by blanching the asparagus in the pasta water. | Source
Rinse in cold water to preserve that gorgeous green color and the nutrients!
Rinse in cold water to preserve that gorgeous green color and the nutrients! | Source
Take the whole head of garlic and separate the cloves.
Take the whole head of garlic and separate the cloves. | Source
Once peeled ,slice the garlic long and thin
Once peeled ,slice the garlic long and thin | Source
I just can't think of better aromatherapy than garlic simmering in olive oil.
I just can't think of better aromatherapy than garlic simmering in olive oil. | Source
Pour the can of whole tomatoes in a bowl.
Pour the can of whole tomatoes in a bowl. | Source
Using kitchen scissors to cut the tomatoes is my moms invention. It's quick, and when the tomatoes squirt upon cutting, all that juice is saved!
Using kitchen scissors to cut the tomatoes is my moms invention. It's quick, and when the tomatoes squirt upon cutting, all that juice is saved! | Source
Add the dry spices to the sauce.
Add the dry spices to the sauce. | Source
I had fresh basil on hand so I rolled the leaves together and cut them into strips. Sprinkle in the pan just before serving.
I had fresh basil on hand so I rolled the leaves together and cut them into strips. Sprinkle in the pan just before serving. | Source
Everyone is in the pool!
Everyone is in the pool! | Source
I served this with half an avocado drizzled in balsamic vinegar. The taste combo was heavenly!
I served this with half an avocado drizzled in balsamic vinegar. The taste combo was heavenly! | Source

Whole wheat pasta with asparagus, garlic, white beans, and tomato

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 6-8 people

Whole wheat pasta with asparagus, garlic, white beans and tomato

  • 2 cups dried pasta, I used whole wheat penne
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, chopped to match the size of the pasta
  • 1 head fresh garlic, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • One 28 ounce can whole tomatoes, keep all the liquid and chop the tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano, hand crushed
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil, fresh works nicely too
  • 1-2 tablespoons(per plate) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

Whole wheat pasta with asparagus,garlic,white beans, and tomato

  1. Fill a large pan with water for boiling. While the pan is heating, cut off the "woody" ends of your asparagus, which you can freeze and save for making vegetable broth or compost. You can just snap the asparagus ends off by hand at the spot they snap most easily. Cut the asparagus to the same size as your pasta. Once water is boiling, cook the pasta to "al dente" (follow directions on the package). Two minutes before the pasta is ready, toss in the asparagus. Once the pasta and asparagus are done, pour all of it in a colander or strainer. Give it a quick rinse in cold water and set aside. The asparagus should be bright green.
  2. Prepare the rest of the vegetables. Slice the garlic. Take a large bowl and pour out the can of whole tomatoes, juice and all. You can either take kitchen scissors and cut up the tomatoes in the bowl, or, just just use your hands and tear them into pieces. The "hands method" allows you to feel for any tough pieces. Either method works great. You keep all the juice contained.
  3. Start heating a large saute pan on low with olive oil and garlic. Don't let the garlic turn brown. Cook the garlic for 4-6 minutes. It should smell awesome in the kitchen!
  4. At this point add all your dry herbs and pepper, crushing and smashing them in your hands as you add them to the pan. This release all the oils. Turn the heat up under the pan to medium and saute the garlic and herbs for one minute or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  5. Let the tomato mixture simmer for 30 minutes. Add the beans, asparagus, and pasta. Heat everything through for about 5 minutes. Taste for seasonings. I hold off on salt because you are going to sprinkle with feta when you plate, along with the fresh basil if you are using it. I served this dish with an avocado on the side--see my previous blog--"World's easiest vegetable dish-- the avocado". The balsamic vinegar and creaminess of the avocado pairs perfect with this dish.

Whole-wheat pasta with garlic, white beans and tomato

The inspiration for this recipe came to me about ten years ago on a ski trip with our best friends. The girls went on a shopping trip and the boys held the bar down for us. My girlfriend talked me into a bright yellow one piece ski suit! Okay, I admit after 2 glasses of wine, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but I digresse.

After skiing all day, then shopping, it was time to find a restaurant. We wandered around the village reading all the menus and finally popped in a little place that was warm and inviting. It smelled wonderful. It was casual and welcoming. The staff managed to find us a great table in the bar even though we didn't have reservations.

My girlfriend and I ordered a pasta dish to share and this recipe is my interpretation. It tasted so fantastic! I still make the dish today. It's a great "go to" dish. If you have asparagus or even some frozen green beans you can grab the rest of the elements from your well-stocked pantry.

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      MindbodyandFood4u 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you. I hope you try it! Loved your article on the Zodiac signs, I am a Scorpio and yes we are a hard working sign!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a great vegetarian meal.. Sounds yummy as well as healthful...Love all t he ingredients especially asparagus. Voting up and Pinning.

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