Year 2000 Recipes

(From NTJ July 2000)

For readers who may have stockpiled various kinds of dried foods in preparation for the computer crash to end all computer crashes, we offer the following recipe as a tasty of way of serving beans in the new millennium. It comes from the Ontario White Bean Producers.

Rigatoni and White Beans with Italian Sausage

6 oz. rigatoni pasta, uncooked
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup WHITE PEA BEANS, soaked and cooked or canned in water: drained and rinsed
1 lb. fresh Italian sausage, meat removed from casing
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 oz. mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
½ tsp crushed chilies
1 cup beef or chicken stock
1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and toss with the olive oil, parsley and beans. Set aside. In a saucepan or skillet, saute sausage meat until browned. Drain excess fat, if necessary, and add onion, garlic, mushrooms and oregano. Saute for about 8-10 minutes or until tender. Add crushed chilies, stock and tomatoes and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and balsamic vinegar and continue to simmer until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly toss together pasta and sauce. Sprinkle with Romano cheese.

6 servings

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  1. DGH
    Posted March 11, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Hey, deeg, very funny.

    The great thing about the recipe, though, is that it works as well for the financial crisis that happened as the computer meltdown that didn’t. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm saugage, meat.

  2. Posted March 12, 2009 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Mmm, Reformed Rigatoni. I’m off to to see if I can get a recipe for Pelagian Paella.

  3. DGH
    Posted March 12, 2009 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Imagine how much better the Reformation could have been if Protestantism had taken off in countries with good cuisine. Why should the papists have all the good food and drink?

  4. Posted March 12, 2009 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    You’re on to something here. In fact, I think this could be the subject of a doctoral thesis: “Rubbish food and the Reformation”. My own country of Scotland is a case in point. We are the home to the deep fried choc bar. Germany is equally rubbish, as is Holland (no wonder they love drugs). The French and Italians had far too sophisticated pallates to become Reformed. I might submit this to Carl Trueman.

  5. Posted March 12, 2009 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, deep fried chocolate bars. Better than deep fried dough.

  6. DGH
    Posted March 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Update on the recipe: tried it tonight with 2009 beans. It is very, very good. Not at all Scottish.

  7. Posted March 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Wish I was not at all Scottish.

  8. Posted March 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Being Scottish is good. Mmmmmmmm scotch.

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