Friday, June 18, 2010

Italian Beans and Bows

2 cups pasta -- bow tie shape
15 ounces canned beans -- rinsed and drained
1 cup water -- *see Note
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar -- or other sweetener
1 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
1/4 teaspoon onion granules
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt -- to taste
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 small black olives -- optional

1. Cook the pasta in boiling water, drain, then return to pot, covered to keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, place the remaining ingredients except olives in a 2-quart saucepan and stir until well combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the olives if using.

4. Pour the hot beans and sauce over the pasta and toss well. Divide the mixture equally and serve at once.

Garbanzo beans in a rich tomato sauce are mated with bot-tie pasta. It's a knockout with both children and adults. A dark green leafy salad or any green leafy vegetable will make an attractive and healthful accompaniment.

NOTES : * Original recipe called for olive oil.
Author's nutritional info (using oil)
calories: 610
protein: 23 gm
fat: 7 gm
carbohydrate: 110 gm

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