White Bean Piccata
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1 1⁄4 cups hot vegetable broth
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons capers, with brine
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can navy beans or (14 1/2 ounce) can cannellini beans
- Saute onions and garlic in olive oil in a medium saucepan until transparent- do not allow to brown.
- Slowly stir in flour and cook and stir until combined and"rawness" is gone.
- Combine hot broth and water; slowly whisk into flour mixture until smooth and slightly thickened.
- Add lemon juice, salt, beans and capers (if using).
- Cook and stir until thickened a little more (mixture will thicken more upon cooling and once mixed with pasta).
- Serve with hot spaghetti noodles.
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Just made this for the 2nd time and really like it but with some minor changes. My first time making it, I only added 4 Tbls. lemon juice (after tasting it, I thought 5 Tbls would be too sour for me) and one can of beans. The second time, I also sauteed 1/2 cup celery with the onions, used Better Than Boullion with water for the veg broth, and a can of great northern beans as well as a can of pinto beans. Served on whole wheat rotini. Update 8/26/12 Wanted to add that, yes, I did use the capers, which I love. I guess I don't understand the aversion to them. They're nothing but pickled flower buds from a caper bush.
This is a wonderful recipe, which I prepared as directed by the instructions, just adding a bit of spinach at the end and not using the capers. I did prepare this ahead of time, fully intending to serve over spaghetti for dinner. However, upon tasting it , I said to heck with the spaghetti and just heated it and ate it as a soup. I just love the fresh clean flavor that the lemon juice gave the beans. Who needs veal or chicken? The beans hit the spot. However, the next time I would like to try it with the capers and serve over spaghetti, to be true to the recipe. Yummy! Thanks EGA!
Delicious! Both I and the DH love capers (if you do too, see my recipe for fish fillets with lemon and capers -- #394159), so I was pretty sure this would be a hit. Added 2/3 of a green pepper (chopped) and two handfuls of baby spinach as recommended, and served it over penne, which is what I had in the house at the time. Yummy, and will definitely make it again!