Friday, July 31, 2015

Beans and Greens

I have house guests this weekend and I have been working furiously to get my guest house ready.  What a job!  You really can't let things sit for long times without attending to them.  I got it done and I am stocking the refrigerator.  I made a large loaf of rosemary bread and was thinking of what might be good for a late night snack and I thought that garlicky greens and beans would be good to eat with the bread.
 First I fried some Italian sausage in a bit of olive oil.

 Remove the sausage and set it aside but leave the oil in the pan.

 Add 1 diced large onion to the oil and cook for 2 minutes.

 Sprinkle it with some cracked black pepper and dried thyme. Sprinkle in a bit of red pepper flakes.

 Add 2 tablespoons of butter.

And lots of minced garlic.  I used about 6 cloves. Saute' for about 2 minutes.
 Add about 8oz. of spinach.

 Cook for a few minutes until the spinach wilts.
Add about 1-1/2 cups of chicken stock.
 Add 2 cans of drained and rinsed cannelloni beans.  Cook this until the liquid is almost completely absorbed and the remaining sauce has thickened.

 Slice the sausage and add it back to the beans. Add salt to taste.  I added 1 chicken bouillon cube for added flavor and it had enough salt that I did not add extra.

 Sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese before serving.