There are just some flavors that were meant to go together and this
recipe has them : white beans, escarole and pancetta ~yum.
This dish is well balanced and light b/c the base of the sauce is
Pasta with Beans and Escarole
by Williams Sonoma
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
1 Tbs. minced fresh marjoram
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt, to taste
3/4 lb. small tubular pasta, such as ditali
Make 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 pancetta 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.
Cook the pasta
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 2 Tbs. salt and the pasta to the boiling water. Cook, 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.