12. "A Fool for Pasul"
Pasul: beans most enjoyable when scooped into your mouth with a hunk of crusty bread, rather than a spoon. "Legumes" overall made the 12th spot in the book, but this is one of the first forms of them Bronson fell in love with. His grandmother used to put tons of love into making the smokey white bean dish, handpicking all imperfect beans from the bunch.
Turns out, it's also completely vegan as is! If you're in need of a new, easy, and comforting side (or main) dish, this pasul recipe definitely fits the bill.
1/2 lb cannellini beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white onion, sliced
1/2 cup fresh parsley
2 tsp sweet paprika
1-2 tsp Vegeta
(Recipe from F*ck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well pg. 54)
Soak the beans in water overnight. Drain and rinse. In a saucepan, cover beans completely with water. Salt the water and simmer over medium-low heat for about 45 minutes, or until cooked through.
When finished, add beans to a baking dish with a slotted spoon. Add a few hefty spoonfuls of the bean liquid to the dish. Stir the Vegeta in at this point. Preheat oven to 450°F.
Add olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium. Cook sliced onion in oil until soft. Stir parsley in, but leave some for garnish if you'd like. Mix paprika in. Stir the mixture into the beans. Bake beans for 30 mins, or until the tops of the beans look rough and dried out. Top with an extra pour of olive oil.
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