Pasta with beans may sound funny, but it is a traditional combination in Italy. Once you try it, you will understand why. For this light, quick supper I added a few pieces of sauteed sausages, tomato sauce and a garnish of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
small shaped pasta such as bow ties
several sausage links (Italian style)
small can red kidney beans
small can diced tomatoes
small can tomato sauce
small white or yellow onion
two garlic cloves
Parmesan cheese for garnish
salt and pepper to taste
optional: red pepper flakes
Here's what you do:
Boil water and cook some bow tie (or other favorite) pasta. This dish works best with small shapes of pasta rather than noodle styles.
In a medium size sauce pan, add a drizzle of olive oil and saute sliced pieces of sausage. I used a spicy turkey sausage. When the sausages are browned, remove them from the pan and set them aside.
Add chopped onions to the pan and cook them until translucent.
Add a couple of minced garlic cloves and cook until they are fragrant.
Now add a can of drained and rinsed kidney beans.
Add a small can of chopped tomatoes and half a can or so of tomato sauce. Add a splash of red wine to get the consistency you like.
Add salt and black ground pepper to taste, and a little red pepper flakes if you like a kick of spiciness. (I do).
Return the sausages to the pan and heat it all through.
When the pasta is done, drain it and place a serving on a plate. Cover it with the bean and sausage sauce, then garnish liberally with fresh Parmesan cheese. Enjoy with a hearty red wine. This is one of my favorite meals.