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Okay, now the recipe. I love this recipe because it's tasty and quick! The herbs and tomatoes and the saltiness of the parm cheese make it very rich even though it's very easy to make. I have made it a bunch of times and I like it to have more of a broth than the original instructions call for. It goes really well with salad and bread for a lighter dinner and comforting enough to have when it's cold.
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 carrot finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 to 1 cup of water
- 1 14.5 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 8 oz. macaroni
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, saute garlic, onion, carrot, parsley, basil and oregano in olive oil until onions are tender.
- Add the tomatoes plus juices and the salt and pepper to taste. Cover and stir frequently, simmering for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. After simmering for a couple of minutes, I usually add 1/2 to 1/3 cup of water.
- Add the cannellini beans and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- During any of the above steps, cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and toss with butter and Parmesan cheese. Add to tomato and cannellini beans. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.