I don't know about you, but I've got a lot of cookbooks. I use them for inspiration, guidance. Sometimes I even make a full recipe from one.
Mostly, though, I look at what I've got on hand, decide what I'm in the mood for, and start cooking.
This is a family favorite, made easily from always-on-hand ingredients. It's endlessly customizable. (Add tomatoes. Throw in shrimp or chicken or tofu. Add more veggies. Add a dash or splash of wine. Try it with rosemary or a handful of fresh basil. You get the idea.)
Basically, it's recipe perfection. Confidence in a pot. Let's roll.
PASTA WITH GARLIC AND BEANS
- 10-12 cloves of garlic
- 3 TBS olive oil
- 1-2 tsp dried oregano
- 1-2 dashes worcestershire sauce (optional)
- 1 can (2 cups) stock
- 2 cans pinto beans (or 4 cups dried beans that you've soaked and cooked)
- 1 lb penne pasta
- Put a large pot of water on to boil
- Peel garlic and mince/press it
- Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant. Don't let it brown or burn!
- Stir in oregano, then add the worcestershire sauce and the stock.
- Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- When the water comes to a boil, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
- Pour sauce over pasta and stir to combine.
This is good hot, cold, or in between. Yum!