Cannellini Beans with Tomatoes, Bulgur, and Arugula

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I love Google Reader, but one of its biggest problems is the ease with which I can star/favorite posts.  Since half the feeds I subscribe to (ok, maybe more like 2/3…) are food related, I wind up saving hundreds of recipes, 98% of which will never get made.

Sometimes, I just need a reminder, though.  I had favorited this recipe from Mark Bittman back in the day, but when it came up again thanks to the post on Proceed with Caution, I took it as a sign that I needed to make this, and soon.  No forgetting this time!  I love bulgur, I love cannellini beans, and I love leafy greens so I was sure to love this. And I did. This was super simple to make, tasted great, and was really comforting. It makes a great vegetarian dish, or a side to a protein, and there is a good chance you  have all the ingredients on hand (or if you don’t, just be like me, and change the recipe).

I altered the recipe quite a bit, mostly to make it easier on myself. I used canned beans and some leftover diced tomatoes I had in the fridge, crushed red pepper instead of fresh, and spinach instead of arugula since that is what I  had on hand.  When I read the recipe ingredients, and then when I saw it in the bowl, I knew that it would benefit from some cheese so I shaved a few slices of Pecorino Romano onto it.

I’m glad to scratch off a recipe from the very large to-try pile, and glad it was a hit, too!

Cannellini Beans with Tomatoes, Bulgur, and Arugula

18 thoughts on “Cannellini Beans with Tomatoes, Bulgur, and Arugula

  1. I have so many tins of cannelini beans in my pantry, because you can make any meal just so much more healthy and filling with them. This is not a recipe I will file or bookmark….I am making this today!!!!

  2. You have saved the day for me! Or at least saved my dinner! I was just thinking how I need to plan something for dinner tonight, and I really need to use up some of the stuff I have stockpiled in my pantry. What do you know… I have bulgur and beans on hand! A quick trip to HarvesTime should be easy, and this looks so good.

    Also, I tend to only remember recipes I star if I make them quickly… otherwise they get lost in my reader. Making this the day I see it is a sure bet I’ll actually do it 🙂 Thanks Elly, Bitman, and Proceed w/ caution!

  3. Beans in the pantry are a must for me too. Can’t do without them. This looks like such a hearty yet light dish all at once … and such great colors. Yummy!

  4. I have all the ingredients for this and will be making it for dinner tonight! I needed to use up the rest of the arugula in my fridge anyway.

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