Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pasta Fazool


Ground Meat
15 oz can of Red Kidney Beans
Can of Tomatoes
8oz Can o f Tomato Sauce
Tube Pasta (Penne Pasta for example)
Italian Seasoning
Parmesan Cheese

 Brown down the ground meat in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. If you want to add Italian seasoning to the meat go right ahead, try and make it your own a little. While the meat is cooking go ahead and get the cans of tomatoes and tomato sauce open and also open the can of kidney beans but pour the beans into a colander to drain. You may need to rinse the beans as well, just put some cold water in the can a couple of times and pour over them. Next put water onto boil for the pasta. I put salt and olive oil in my water when I cook pasta, but however you usually do it is the way to go. Parboil the pasta.

Put the drained kidney beans in a bowl and use the colander to drain the meat. Wipe with some paper towels some of the excess grease that may be at  the bottom of the skillet (try and keep things relatively healthy). Put the stove on medium heat and put a Tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet to heat.Chop some onion and garlic, amount If you don not have fresh garlic or the kind that comes in a jar, rehydrate some granulated garlic in a bowl or a small jar.  http://mishasblue.blogspot.com/2011/04/quick-tip-1.html 
Add onion  to the skillet and turn temperature down to medium-low. When the onion is just tender add the garlic and keep stirring them because garlic can burn quickly. You can stop stirring long enough to reintroduce the ground meat. Stir until ingredients are pretty well mixed together and then add the can of tomatoes, red kidney beans  and tomato sauce. Hopefully, at some point, you have been able to get the pasta off the stove and drained and rinsed with warm water. Rinsing the pasta helps get some of the starch out of the pasta plus some of the taste of the starch. Either that or I'm just overly sensitive to the taste. Anyway, add the pasta, the Italian seasoning, the Parmesan cheese and oregano. Let cook until pasta is tender. If there is tomato sauce that has not been absorbed, let the Pasta Fazool stand in the skillet while you finish getting anything else you need together.

 And there you have Pasta Fazool. My way at least. Some people will put it in a baking dish with some mozzarella cheese on top and put it in a 350 degree oven until the cheese melts. just another option if you would like to try it.

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