Thursday, July 1, 2010

CEiMB: Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and White Beans


It's Thursday! That means it is time for another Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe. This week's recipe was chosen by Bri of Yoshimi Vs. Motherhood. She chose for us to make the Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans from The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger. It is a simple dish that takes minimal preparation.

The thing that I love about being part of this group is that there are many recipes that I normally wouldn't think about trying, and this group suggests wonderful recipes that I may have passed right by while flipping through Ellie's cookbooks. This pasta dish is one such recipe, and I am glad I participated this week, because I really liked it. The creamy white beans contrasted nicely with the chewy pasta. I added some crushed red pepper to bring a little bit of heat to the dish, and I used feta cheese instead of Parmesan cheese to give the meal a bit more "bite".

I think this dish makes a great vegetarian meal because the beans are a nice substitute for meat or poultry. The only thing I would change would be to increase the amount of tomatoes in the dish. My tomatoes shrunk a lot while they were roasting, and they seemed rather scarce when added to the pasta and beans. Thanks to Bri for suggesting another great Ellie recipe, and make sure to check out the blogroll to see what other Craving Ellie in My Belly bloggers did with their recipes.

6 comments:

Liz said...

Feta....yum!

Kayte said...

Everything goes better with Feta! Your dish looks wonderful, what a great photo. I like that I get to make things I wouldn't normally choose also...and I feel like I really get great use of my book by using it so often. What a deal!

Bri said...

Thanks for cooking along with me this week! I completely agree about the tomatoes; I'm just recently able to eat tomatoes in different dishes, and I actually felt that there wasn't enough of them in here. They added so much flavor that I really wanted more of it. Anyway, great idea with the feta! I bet that was awesome.

thenotsoskinnykitchen said...

I was thinking the same thing about the tomatoes when I was eating this one. When I first sliced them up, I was thinking it looked like there was going to be a lot of them, but once it was all mixed together, I was hoping for more of them. Great idea with the red pepper flakes - I think I might try that next time.

Pamela said...

I agree...more tomatoes couldn't do any harm, that's for sure!! Looks great!

Danica's Daily said...

What a great idea to add feta - YUM!