Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Recipe - Tuscan White Beans with Roasted Tomatoes

Submitted by CSA Member Nicki M.:

I adapted this recipe from Epicurious: I use canned cannellini beans, SMOKE flavored salt (which makes a huge difference!), and add garlic. I have also successfully substituted different kinds of tomatoes and onions, depending on what's available. As a vegetarian, I serve it as an entree. It's also great to bring to dinner parties and potlucks.

To use dried beans, follow the directions in the original recipe. <>
You'll also find other great ideas and adaptations of the recipe in the "reviews" <> on the Epicurious website. 

(photo by George Whiteside via Epicurious)

Tuscan White Beans with Roasted Tomatoes
Yield: Makes 8 servings
This combination of white beans, tomatoes, and cipolline onions is exceptionally delicious. Letting your tomatoes cook to the point where they become caramelized and start to fall apart adds sweetness and a layer of deep flavor to the dish.

  • 2 (15-16oz.) cans cannellini beans 
  • 2 lb large tomatoes, cored and halved crosswise
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes (preferably mixed colors; 4 cups)
  • 1 lb cipolline or small boiling onions, peeled 
  • 8-10 cloves garlic, whole and peeled 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (preferably SMOKED sea salt), or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (or a little less)
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves

Roast tomatoes, onions and garlic: Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 500°F. Toss tomato halves, cherry tomatoes, onions, and garlic with salt, sugar, and oil in a single layer in a shallow baking dish, then arrange tomato halves cut sides up. Roast uncovered, until large tomatoes are very tender with brown patches and cherry tomatoes are falling apart, 35 to 50 minutes.
Assemble dish: Warm the beans in a large saucepan with the roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with basil leaves.

Cook's notes: Tomatoes can be roasted 2 hours ahead and kept, uncovered, at room temperature. Reheat, covered with foil, in 350°F oven until heated  through, 15 to 20 minutes.



main ingredients: 
bean, tomato, onion, basil

Italian, Tuscan
dietary considerations: 
vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free


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