Friday, 16 September 2011

Italian Stew

This is a cheap, easy and healthy dish that holds a lot of flavour from a simple combination of ingredients. The main ingredients are cannellini beans, pasta, tomatoes and chicken stock. Any pasta can be used. What I do is to save the scrappy bits that are left at the bottom of packets, mixing different types of pasta together. The chicken stock really needs to be the best you can get. Usually, I find this is best done by making your own. Here, I've also shredded the remaining chicken from the carcass, from when I made the stock. Why let it go to waste? I served it with large slices of homemade bread, charred on a griddle. 

Italian Stew
Adapted from Delicious

Serves 4
200ml good quality chicken stock
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
200g dried cannellini beans, cooked 
  (or 400g tin cannellini beans, rinsed and drained)
250g pasta

In a pan, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the tomatoes, sage, rosemary and cannellini beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the pasta and cook for 10-12 minutes, until the pasta is done. 

Told you it was easy.


  1. Such a tiny little portion :P But it looks really nice.

  2. There's quite a lot in there. Recognise the plate and dish?