Cannellini Beans with Cabbage and Pasta

Cannellini Bean & Cabbage Pasta

No more coleslaw! I got SO MUCH cabbage in my CSA box last season. We ate a lot of coleslaw and sautéed cabbage with potstickers. Admittedly, this dish is very uniform in color- but it was a DELICIOUS dish- I will make it next time cabbage shows up in my box! This recipe is from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman. I used extra leeks, and substituted chicken stock for the vegetable stock.

Yield: 4 servings

  • salt
  • 1/2 head cabbage, preferably Savoy, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 pound cavatelli, conchiglie, or orecchiette
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil or butter
  • 1 large or 2 medium leeks, including some green parts, washed and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 springs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (or chicken stock)(must be FLAVORFUL!)
  • 3 cups cooked or canned cannellini beans, drained but still moist
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan of pecorino Romano cheese for garnish
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the cabbage and cook for about 3 minutes, until just tender; use a slotted spoon or a small strainer to fish it out; drain and set aside. When the water returns to a boil, add the pasta and cook until tender but firm, 7 minutes or so, then drain it.
  2. Meanwhile, put the oil or butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot or the butter is melted, add the leeks and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme, and the wine if you’re using it, and cook for another minute, until almost dry. Add the stock, beans, and reserved cabbage. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until the flavors blend and everything is well heated, about 5 minutes more.
  3. Combine the bean mixture and the pasta in the large pot and stir gently. Taste and adjust the seasoning, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve.

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