One Pot Dinner in 15: Cannellini Beans with Pancetta and Sage

10 Apr

As much as I love to use fresh ingredients whenever possible, I definitely feel the time crunch when working late and looking for ideas for a weeknight dinner. On evenings that require extra hours at the office, the temptation to grab takeout is hard to resist. I always keep a can of Cannellini beans around for this reason. Cannellini beans are low in fat and high in fiber, iron, and folate. They are also versatile. In the summer, I enjoy eating them cold tossed with some olive oil packed tuna, arugula, kalamata olives, and sherry vinaigrette. When I’m in the mood for a hot meal, then these beans are the perfect base for a “throw whatever you’ve got all in the pot” style 15 minute stew like the one I made tonight. A can of beans, a can of diced tomatoes, some leftover pancetta, a couple of handfuls of arugula, and ta-da! Healthy, really really quick, weeknight dinner.

Cannelli Bean Stew with Pancetta and Sage

Recipe yields 3 servings

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 oz pancetta (or bacon), diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 to 3 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
1-19 oz can Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1-15.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 to 3 cups arugula (or spinach), packed

  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add in garlic, pancetta, onion, and celery. Saute until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in chopped sage, quickly mix in, about 15 seconds, until sage releases fragrance.
  • Add in Cannellini beans, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring stew to a boil by increasing heat to high. Lower heat to a simmer, and let the stew develop flavor, 8-10 minutes.
  • Add in the arugula during the last minute or so of the stew cooking. It will wilt quickly.
Sprinkle with grated Parmesan if desired. Serve with crusty French bread for a complete quick weeknight dinner.
Nutrition Facts

Per serving
as calculated by Sparkpeople Recipe Calculator

Calories 273 | Fat 6g | Cholesterol 18mg | Sodium 1156mg
Carbohydrate 35g | Dietary Fiber 10g | Sugars 7g | Protein 20g

Vitamin A 18% | Vitamin B-6 4% | Vitamin B-12 1% | Vitamin C 31%
Vitamin E 4% | Calcium 14%| Folate 26% | Iron 23%

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