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This past weekend as I was looking for new recipes to try out I came across lolfoodie.com, a food blog with a lot of good looking food. After looking through a number of recipes, the Chick Peas & Greens Salad really stood out to me. As I jotted down the recipe & headed to the grocery store I made a pit-stop at good ole Target :). As the cooking isles obviously distracted me I noticed Food Network’s Giada  De Laurentiis’s line for Target. There was so much, I wanted to buy everything! After 20 minutes of staring & wishing I had every cooking piece, I decided to move along UNTIL I saw Giada’s starter kit for Tuscan-style white bean & garlic soup! It was almost exactly the same recipe I was going to the grocery to get!!! WHAT A COINCIDENCE…. thank you Giada for allowing me skip a couple steps &  being able to have my dinner ready in 2o minutes 🙂

Do you see the similarity?? (Both have bacon, greens & white beans)

The Starter Kit comes with a packet of garlic seasoning & white beans

::what you will need:: 3 slices of bacon, 4 oz. of spinach & 4 cups of chicken stock
Start by chopping the bacon into little pieces & cook for 4 minutes.

Next add the chicken stock, white beans & packet of seasoning to the pot…

LET liquid come to a BOIL, then cover & simmer for 20 minutes until beans are soft.

Time for the greens 🙂

Let spinach wilt & cook on low for 2 minutes…
AFTER a TOTAL of 20 MINUTES…. its time to EAT 🙂

Thank you Giada for making my night alot easier! 🙂 Manja!



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Pasta with Beans & Escarole.

So, this past weekend I was at the Wrentham Outlets & of course stopped at my favorite store Williams-Sonoma. i love it there! There are so many things I wanted it was hard for me to leave! I did buy a calzone mold though 🙂 haha. Tonight I tried a recipe that I found on the William-Sonoma site that looked tasty, and tasty it was!


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 oz. pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 head escarole, cored and trimmed, leaves cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 oz.) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3/4 lb. small ditali pasta

Serves: 6

Start with the sauce, in a large fry pan over low heat & warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-low, add the bacon and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium, add the escarole and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, beans, marjoram and red pepper flakes and season with salt. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the beans are heated through, about 5 minutes.

It was very important to soak the escarole, in order to remove dirt.

While making the sauce, you should have a pot of water boiling for the pasta;add salt. Add pasta to the water when it boils, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the pasta is al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Warm briefly over low heat to blend the flavors. Add as much of the cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce and serve immediately.



Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Pasta, by Julia della Croce (Oxmoor House, 2006).


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