Saturday, May 29, 2010

dinner for one

You can tell a lot about a person from what they eat when they're eating alone. Spinach salads and scrambled eggs are two of my go-to solitary dinners, what does that say about me?

Yesterday when I had the house to myself, I mixed things up a little and cooked some broccoli rabe for dinner, one of my favorite things to eat. 

Broccoli rabe with white beans

1 bushel broccoli rabe

1/2 can white beans, drained and rinsed
3 Tblsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic
handful parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper

Wash the broccoli rabe, remove the tough outer leaves and the first inch of stem, and cut into 2-3 inch pieces.

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat, then add garlic and lightly brown. Add the broccoli rabe and saute until wilted, then add water, lower heat, cover pan, and let cook for 5-10 minutes, or until stems are tender.

When stems are tender, remove the cover and add white beans, parsley, and red pepper flakes. When the beans are heated, remove from heat and serve in bowls, finishing with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

This combination is also great over pasta or polenta.

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