I haven’t posted ANYTHING in over a year….
Anywho, I am posting one of my favorite recipes ever. People always ask me what is in it so I decided to post. Savory white beans with butternut squash. I love to eat this over rice with an avocado on the side and some grilled chicken or roasted chicken. Here we go.
1 stock pot
1 can Goya White Beans (if you want to go old school, use the dried beans and soak overnight)
Tomato sauce (use 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sauce)
1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you can use Spanish kind instead of Italian)
1-2 tbsp. Sofrito (I buy mine from the grocery store in Puerto Rico and bring it with me on the plane but you can either make your own, which would be a separate post, or buy Goya Recaito. Tastes great as well).
1 dried bay leaf
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground coriander seed
1/2 tblsp. white pepper
Sea Salt to taste (you will need to keep tasting as the beans cook down since butternut squash adds sweetness)
1 tsp. Sherry vinegar
1/2 lb. butternut squash diced to 1″ squares
Heat the olive oil in the pot on medium high heat for 2-3 mins (not too high or your sofrito will burn). Add the Sofrito and lower the heat to medium. Sautee the sofrito mixture in the olive oil for 1-min and add tomato sauce. Mix together and cook for another min or so on med heat. Add Sherry vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano, coriander seed and bay leaf. Mix well.
Turn heat to med-low. Rinse the canned beans through water. There’s tons of preservatives in canned beans so I try to rinse all that out. Add the beans to the sauce mixture and add one can full of water (just to cover beans). Stir once and add the butternut squash. Add more water to cover squash and add a healthy pinch of salt. Turn up heat to med and simmer (should be a low simmer) for 20-25 mins or until squash is tender and sauce has thickened up. Taste for salt and add any seasoning as needed. (Tip: if you have fresh Cilantro, add some sprigs in here to simmer with beans to add flavor, you can pick them out when beans are done like you pick out the Bay Leaf.)
*sometimes if i have a good piece of bacon, I sautee one slice in the olive oil before adding everything and remove it 10 mins before it is finished to add a smoky flavor.