Sorry I have been away for so long! I fried the logic board on my computer (I don’t even know what that means except $1,000) and am completely out of sorts! I am hobbling together things for the moment and just happened to find these photos on my memory stick!
Seems a bunch of my favorite people are vegetarians. To a lifelong carnivore this is truly a travesty.
Well, not really. They are, perhaps, just perhaps, slightly healthier than I. Being a vegetarian does not automatically make you ‘healthy’. At least that’s what my meat sodded brain likes to think!
I have spoken to a number of vegetarians and always ask why. Why have you made the choice you have. I don’t always agree with their answers. Except one … I just can’t eat anything with a face.
I suppose I can understand this. Living in a city and buying everything already prepared and clean and wrapped in plastic you don’t necessarily think about from whence it came.
But now, in talking about chickens and ducks and sheep … the thought process changes. Okay, chickens, but only for laying, not eating! And ducks, well, just to keep the chickens company, certainly NOT to eat! Well, what do you think about sheep. Well, sure, sheep would be great … for WOOL … NOT.TO.EAT! Yes, yes, I know, I know, all the sentimental women in my life.
So, I suppose I do understand more about being a vegetarian than I originally thought. It’s just hard to come up with dishes that will satisfy the vegetarians, semi-vegetarians (don’t ask) and flesh eaters all at once!
This pasta dish really works for everyone. Great ingredients, no faces, filling, fresh, lots of flavors and textures … AND when into two bowls, some poached or grilled salmon mixed in for the flesh eaters.
- 8 oz whole-wheat pasta shells, tubetti, ziti or rigatoni
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil
- 15 oz cannellini beans, rinsed
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 lb ripe tomato, diced (about 3 cups)
- ¼ C oil-cured black olives, pitted (see Tip) and chopped
- ½ C sliced fresh basil
- ¼ t kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- ¼ C grated Pecorino Romano cheese
Put a large pot of water on to boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beans and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until the beans are just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from the heat. Add tomatoes, olives, basil, salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine.
To serve, divide the pasta among 4 plates and top with bean/tomato mixture and grated cheese.