So this recipe originally started off as me throwing some stuff together to make some kind of Chicken, Pasta, & Red Sauce (“gravy”) concoction. I had no idea where I was going with this, so I kept on opening the fridge to see what I had to work with.
First I started with the obvious: some onions and garlic. Then I saw the carrots and celery. Why not? Oh yeah! I have some Salami… I’ll add that too… Oh and some beans… that’ll go well too.
Before I knew it I ended up with a pretty yummy side dish! I luckily had decided to taste the bean/veggie/salami mixture before dumping the red sauce in… and it was so good! I immediately called Dave into the kitchen just to be sure. I got the head nod and thumbs up approval from Dave and there you have it- a new side to eat along with our Chicken and Green Beans! (I even got to save a jar of pasta sauce!)
I wasn’t going to share this, just out of shame at how truly random the ingredients are. But hey, if we liked it, you’ll probably like it… right?
White Beans & Salami
Serves 2 (as a side, double for main dish!)
1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil (or EVOO)
1/2 Onion, diced
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1 Large Carrot, peeled and cut into circles
2 Celery Stalks, diced
Sea Salt, Black Pepper, to taste
Crushed Red Pepper, to taste
1 2″ Piece of Salami (I used TJ’s Chianti Artisan Salami), cut into thin slices and cut in half again or diced.
1/2 can White Beans, drained and rinsed (I used Cannellini)
1/4 cup Chicken Broth
Parmesan Cheese, optional
1. Slice, dice, and cut all your veggies. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and season. Saute, stirring occasionally for about 5-8 minutes or until the veggies are soft and starting to lightly brown.
2. Add in the salami and continue to saute, stirring occasionally. Add the white beans a few minutes later. Cook for another few minutes.
3. Add in 1/4 cup of chicken broth and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to get all of the good stuff that is stuck on there. When the mixture is dry again and the broth has cooked in, you’re all done!
4. Top with some Parmesan Cheese if you’d like… yum…
Feel free to try this as a side like we did, or you could even just add some more veggies and top with a grilled chicken breast for a complete meal! Dave and I ate ours with a side of green beans (my fav) and some BBQ chicken.