Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CEiMB - Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and White Beans

Bri over at Yoshimi vs Motherhood chose this wonderful and healthy Ellie Krieger's recipe for penne pasta using fresh tomatoes, garlic and cannellini white beans for our recipe challenge this week.   We grilled some chicken to accompany the pasta and it was delicious.  I did not have fresh basil so I used some italian herb blend.  I did not have fresh grated parmesan because unbeknownst to me, Chandler had eaten it all, so it has regular parmesan on top.  Thank you Bri for a delicious pick this week!  I just love Ellie's recipes.

Just a little ranting on the side here about a non-food subject.  So. . . I took a western shirt to the dry cleaners.  Don't ask why I have a western shirt.  It's not important.  When I picked it up, they had charged me $8 for cleaning it.  I asked to speak to the manager and asked why that shirt was $8 and the rest of the shirts were $2.50.  He said because it had "special pearl buttons" on it and they did not want to ruin the buttons.  I told him K-Mart must not have thought they were so "special"  because the shirt only cost $4.  I have issues with dry cleaners.  You might as well know that.   Don't you just hate paying more for cleaning than the garment cost in the first place?

I hope all of you beautiful people have a safe and happy 4th of July!  We will be grilling out at the lake and enjoying hopefully beautiful weather all weekend.  I'm planning to cook up some barbeque hamburgers stuffed with mushrooms and vidalia onions.

Try this pasta.

3 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1(15 ounce) can cannellini beans
1/2 pound penne pasta
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Slice each tomato into 8 wedges and discard the seeds. Put the tomato wedges and garlic into a 9 by 13-inch roasting pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and a few turns of pepper. Roast in the oven, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
Drain the beans into a large colander in the sink. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain the pasta into the colander containing the beans, so the hot pasta water will warm the beans. Return drained pasta and beans to the pasta pot.
When the tomatoes are done, pick out the garlic cloves, squeeze the garlic out of the skin into a small bowl and mash with a fork. Pour the roasted tomatoes into the pasta pot, add the garlic, the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the basil and additional salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to combine. Serve topped with the Parmesan.


Pamela said...

I enjoyed this one, too. Were we supposed to put cheese on top? Makes sense...don't know why I didn't even think about it! I hear you on the dry cleaners! I think they are such a scam! Happy 4th to you, too!! The burgers you're planning sound mighty good.

Kayte said...

Looks great...and surprisingly a lot like mine, so I must have done something right. I liked the light sauce on this one.

TeaLady said...

I didn't even remember the cheese until I read your post. How could I have forgotten the cheese?? It would have made such a huge difference.

This was good. Don't like the beans. Maybe add chicken?

Yours looks delicious.

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AppleC said...

Your penne looks fab! Ted knows better than to use up something and not tell me. I'm sure the agony he has to endure when I find out isn't worth it. ;)

Can't believe that about the $8 charge for a $4 shirt. Hope they adjusted the price.

I try to stay away from dry cleaners. I can't stand that chemical smell and it bugs me that I have to pay someone to clean my cloths.
Have a wonderful time at the lake. The weather here in NY looks like it is going to be BEAUTIFUL! (Finally!)

Bri said...

Yours turned out great! Thank you so much for cooking along with me. Isn't Ellie the best?

Happy 4th to you! My b-day is actually the 5th, so I get to celebrate that, too! Enjoy!

Sweet and Savory said...

Great job with this. This is a pretty dish.

Liz said...

loved this dish too!

Anonymous said...

Your pasta looks great! This one was a hit :)

I would be irked about paying so much extra for the "special" buttons, too. I had to get my Christmas tree skirt cleaned this year, and they almost weren't going to do it because of the buttons. I don't know much about dry cleaning, but it seems odd that something as common as *buttons* would be such an issue :/

Hope you have a nice holiday weekend!

Mary said...

omigosh, I know what you mean. I have a suede coat that I got at H&M for $22 last winter and I just had it dry-cleaned for $ mouth hit the floor when I saw the bill. Nice pasta too.

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Danica's Daily said...

I LOVE how much tomato to pasta ratio you got on your CeiMB recipe. I wish I had doubled the tomatoes & the sauce.