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Fresh Pomodoro Pasta, White Beans and Olives

 

8 ounces whole-wheat pasta shells, tubetti, ziti or rigatoni

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 pound diced ripe tomatoes (about 3 cups)

1/4 cup pitted (see Tip) and chopped oil-cured black olives

1/2 cup sliced fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste

1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

 

1.     Put a large pot of water on to boil. Cook pasta, stirĀ­ring occasionally, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

2.     Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over meĀ­dium heat. Add the beans and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the beans are just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the tomatoes, olives, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir gently to combine. To serve, divide the pasta among 4 plates and top with sauce and cheese.

 

Tip: Press down on olives with the side of a heavy knife to split them open and make removing the pits easier.

 

Makes 4 servings.

 

Primavera Pasta Salad

 

225 grams (1/2 pound) penne (or your favorite pasta shape)*

1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 small green bell pepper, cut into strips

1 (6 oz.) can black olives, pitted and drained

1 (8 oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts, undrained

230 grams (1 cup) broccoli florets, blanched

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon oregano

50 grams (1/4 cup) balsamic vinegar

100 grams (1/2 cup) shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese

 

1.     Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water.

2.     Place the pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients; toss well. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

 

*Whole-grain, multi-grain or whole-wheat pasta varieties may be substituted.

 

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