The cold I had last week was the third I've had since April. My Momma stocked my medicine cabinet with all kinds of vitamins and insisted that I start eating more protein. Protein is a building block for a healthy immune system, my friends, thus I cooked up a bag of dried white beans and made this wicked pasta dish!
Penne with White Beans, Tomatoes and Wine
1 box whole wheat or brown rice penne
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp chili flakes (as always, more if ya like it HAWTA)
3 or 6 cloves garlic, minced (as garlicy as you like!!)
1 large glass of dry white wine
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp chopped basil
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 cup cooked or canned (rinsed well) white beans
Cook the penne in plenty of salted boiling water until it becomes al dente (tender but with a bit of a bite). Drain the pasta and set aside. To save yourself some dishes, just use the same pot you used to cook the pasta to make the sauce. Heat the olive oil on medium heat and add chili flakes. Saute the garlic for precisely fifteen seconds and add wine (watch out, it's gonna get steamy!), tomatoes, herbs and beans. Stirring every so often, bring the sauce to a boil and then add the cooked, drained pasta and simmer for five to ten minutes (this lets the pasta and sauce become BFF's). Season with Salt n' Pepa. Shoop Shoop. Enjoy!