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Tuscan Winter Tagliatelle by Sanza at eosia

Tuscan Winter Tagliatelle

Sanza

Sanza

Discover this delicious recipe is not only simple but also very nourishing. Travel to Italy with this Tuscan Winter Tagliatelle recipe!

If you enjoy eating pasta, then you have landed on the right recipe. I would like to present you with a classic pasta dish that combines the best of winter all in one dish. There are tons of different ways you can make this dish. But the recipe that I want to tell you about is with beans include. I know it may sound weird but believe me, it tastes super great and filling. But I didn’t randomly choose to add beans; I have a logical reason to add beans in this recipe. In the article below, I would like to discuss some essential factors that you may not know about beans.

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Let us learn about beans

When you see a bean there typically small and light in weight. If you were to buy dry beans, it might take longer to cook but if you get it in a can is relatively easier to cook because it’s presoaked, cutting the cooking time in half. 

Did you know that beans are very nutrient-dense, an excellent source of protein and fiber? 

Not only that, it is a perfect replacement for meat because it has all the essential amino acids that you need for your body to function correctly. Beans can make a healthy addition to your diet because they provide your body with complex carbohydrates, vegetable protein, and more. Studies show that their complex carbs and dietary fiber help reduce the risk of diabetes and keep blood sugar levels steady.

A list of the most popular types of beans

  • Cannellini
  • black beans
  • kidney beans
  • white beans
  • pinto beans
  • navy beans
  • lima beans
  • lentils (brown lentils)
  • soybeans (edamame)
  • chickpeas (garbanzos)
  • mungo peas (green gram)

All these beings are great choices to choose from, but the bean included in my recipe will be the cannellini bean.

What are cannellini beans?

Cannellini beans are a type of bean that comes from the Phaseolus vulgaris family. They have a creamy yet slightly sweet taste and a soft texture. There are many names for this bean that you may get confused about. But these beans are often known as white beans. And they are a part of the kidney bean family.

White beans have been popular in Italian cuisine for hundreds of years; this is one of the reasons I include this bean in my recipe. These beans remain a popular ingredient constantly because it adds a delightful texture to many dishes. Cannellini beans are about half an inch long and kidney-shaped, with a hard seed coat. You can typically find them dried or canned.

Why are cannellini beans healthy?

Helps achieving the Happy Weight

Many common bean varieties are known for their ability to help with weight loss. One of the reasons for this is that they act as alpha-amylase inhibitors, which block enzymes responsible for breaking down carbs in the body.

These beans are used to develop a weight-loss supplement Phase 2. Researchers at Medicus Research LLC found this supplement had no severe side effects and helped participants lose weight. The participants’ blood sugar remained at a stable low level after meals.

Furthermore, cannellini beans offer a high-fiber diet that also increases satiety. This makes them the perfect addition to the weight loss lifestyle of those looking for help.

May protect you from skin damage

The antioxidants in cannellini beans also protect your skin, and studies show that they can stop oxidative stress, which means they can shield you from sun damage. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer globally, with around one in five people developing it at some point. So, it’s essential to take care of your skin regularly and generally avoid chemicals that can harm your skin.

There are many other things that this powerful white bean can provide for you, but these are the major ones that will make a significant impact on your daily life. And should persuade you a little more to include this into your regular eating routine.

The recipe that I am providing you with will be an excellent alternative for your usual winter dinner. It will leave you full and provide you with all the essential vitamins you need to keep your body strong and healthy throughout this winter season.

Tuscan Winter Tagliatelle

This delicious and simple pasta dish will make your dinners soo much better and nourishing!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
dinner, Main Course, pasta
Calories 248
Cost $10

Ingredients

  • 8 oz linguine or fettuccine legume-based pasta
  • 1 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz baby spinach fresh
  • 1 15 oz can cannellini beans
  • 1 pinch black pepper freshly grounded
  • 1 pinch quality salt
  • Nutritional yeast optional

Instructions

  • Fill a large pot with water and place over high heat to bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta in a colander and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat, when heated add the olive oil, onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt, and sauté for about a minute, or until it has softened and become very fragrant.
  • Add the tomatoes. Sauté until the skins burst and the tomatoes begin to release their juices. It's important to not have the heat under the skillet too high here or the garlic may burn before the tomatoes break down.
  • Once the tomatoes begin to break down, add the spinach and stir it into the tomatoes until it is about halfway wilted.
  • Rinse and drain the can of cannellini beans. Add the beans to the skillet and stir until they are heated through. The tomato juices will have created a thick sauce-like mixture on the bottom of the skillet at this point. Season with pepper, taste and add a bit more salt if needed,  it should be slightly on the salty side in order to properly flavor the pasta.
  • Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet. Toss until the pasta is coated in the sticky sauce and everything is combined. Top with nutritional yeast, plus add a bit more to the top of each bowl.

Nutrition

Sodium: 41mgCalcium: 68mgVitamin C: 20mgVitamin A: 2863IUSugar: 2gFiber: 18gPotassium: 790mgCalories: 248kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 4gProtein: 16gCarbohydrates: 37gIron: 5mg
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