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white_bean_sauce Lately I’ve been trying to eat better; not necessarily get all crazy with getting on a “diet” (mostly because that word freaks me out), but just by trying to modify some of my favorite foods so I’m not eating bacon cheeseburgers, whole fat cream pastas, loaded pizzas, and rich and creamy pate everyday. One of the things I’ve been doing lately is trying to modify some of my favorite pasta dishes. I absolutely love pasta of all kinds and especially love a great, flavorful cream sauce to toss it all together. Unfortunately my waist and thighs don’t love it as much as I do, so today we have a lightened up version of a creamy pasta sauce, that’s still packed with loads of flavor, really hits the spot and is WAAAYYY healthier!

Today we have our Farfalle with a Creamy White Bean and Roasted Garlic Sauce! That’s right, the delicious creaminess in this sauce comes strictly from Progresso White Beans! They’re so rich and cream, but also very good for you! The addition of roasted garlic really takes this sauce over the edge. It’s sooo good! You can even turn this sauce vegan-friendly by swapping the chicken stock out for Progresso’s Vegetable Stock. This sauce is also quite versatile! You can reduce the amount of liquid you add to create a creamy, white bean soup instead! Or you can thin it out even more and drizzle it over steamed vegetables or even a simple rice bowl! Enjoy!
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Farfalle with a Creamy White Bean and Roasted Garlic Sauce

Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients:
1/2 pound dry farfalle
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small shallot, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 tablespoon minced thyme
2 teaspoons minced sage
1 (15oz) can Progresso White Beans
2 1/2 to 3 cups Progresso Chicken Stock OR Progresso Vegetable Stock
1 head roasted garlic**
salt and pepper to taste
garnish:
minced parsley

Directions:
1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add a handful of salt, followed by the pasta and boil until the pasta is al dente, 6 to 8 minutes.
2. Drain pasta, transfer to a large mixing bowl and lightly toss with olive oil. Set aside.
3. Pour oil into a large saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add cumin, coriander, thyme, and sage and continue to sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add white beans (with their juices) and roasted garlic and season with salt and pepper. Sauté mixture for 2 to 3 minutes before adding 2 cups of stock and reducing temperature to medium-low. Simmer mixture for 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a blender, removing the center top of the lid and replacing it with a clean towel. Once the steam has dissipated a little bit (5 to 10 minutes), blend mixture until smooth, adding a little more stock to thin the pasta sauce out, if needed.
4. Pour sauce over the cooked farfalle and toss together. Adjust seasonings and serve topped with minced parsley.

**For roasted garlic: cut the top 1/2 inch of a head of garlic off (and discard) and place the garlic over a small piece of foil. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the garlic in the foil and roast in a 375˚F oven for about 35 to 40 minutes. Allow garlic to cool before squeezing the roasted cloves out.

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  1. Cheese and Chinese Not Specified Not Specified

    We are OBSESSED with anything roasted garlic! Also always on the hunt for new pasta sauces, so love this idea!

  2. Charlie Not Specified Not Specified

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    Looks so tasty and yummy!

  3. Callen Not Specified Not Specified

    Question: the pasta is cooked first and allowed cool while the sauce is made. Is this dish intended to be served at room temperature? Thanks.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Not exactly. The bean sauce is still quite hot, even after you purée the mixture, and I find the heat of that generally enough to warm the pasta back up. If you’d prefer your pasta piping hot, you can always pour the sauce back into the saucepan and simmer it over low heat for about 3 minutes before adding the pasta to the pan and tossing them together.

  4. Stefanie - Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    Yes! I am doing the same thing these days. I don’t like the whole cutting things out kind of diet. I just redid a Mac and cheese recipe with cauliflower sauce. I cannot wait to give this one a whirl!

  5. Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) Not Specified Not Specified

    i’m game! the beans sound like they would add such a nice creaminess, and hey, roasted garlic makes everything 4359084x better.

  6. Vikki Not Specified Not Specified

    This was amazing timing. I made Ruth Reichel’s Tuscan bean soup earlier this week and was tired of eating it. It easily converted into your recipe with some pasta absolutely delicious with the cumin and coriander! Thank you!

  7. Amanda Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks so good! cant wait to try!

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