what bean goes with basil?
white beans cannelini great northern emailing you a recipe
I sent her this link to this Tuscan bread soup I remembered by Rachel Ray. I remembered it because it has day old bread and stewed tomatoes in it (two kind of gross things that end up tasting really good), in addition to white beans and basil.
On the phone later that night, I asked if she'd tried the bread soup to solve her beans/basil issue. She hadn't, she'd actually been thinking about trying to make 'meatballs' out of beans - beanballs, if you will.
And the wheels started turning. Lentils. I kind of knew I needed to start with lentils. (Although, now that lentils worked, I'm formulating a white bean
1 cup dried lentils
2 cups water (salted)
1 med. onion - finely chopped
1/2 a red bell pepper - finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
1 carrot - (you guessed it!) finely chopped
2tsp dried basil
2tsp dried oregano
6tbsp oat bran (or rolled oats you've pulsed in your food processor)
salt & pepper to taste
Bring your 2 cups of salted water to boil, add lentils, return to boil then simmer with a lid on until water cooks out and lentils are tender. (I cook lentils like I cook rice, feel free to do it your way.)
While lentils are cooking, heat olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add onions, saute alone for a minute or so, then add carrots, garlic, and red pepper. Saute for 5 min, until all vegetables have softened, then stir in basil and oregano and cook for another minute. Remove vegetables from heat and transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
Once lentils are cooked, add them to the sauteed vegetable mixture. Combine the lentils and vegetables, adding a little olive oil to coat and salt and pepper to taste. (At this point, if you'd like it to taste a little more 'italian', feel free to up the basil and oregano.) Add oat bran, one tbsp at a time, mixing as you go. Once all 6 tbsp of oat bran are in, whip out your potato masher and give the whole mixture a good mashing. This will help all your ingredients stick together when it comes time to form the
Heat canola oil in your favorite frying pan, enough to coat the bottom. Place your lentil