2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
1 (16-ounce) can cannellini or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Garnish: fresh basil sprigs
How to Make It
Drain tomatoes, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Chop tomatoes.
Saute onion and next 5 ingredients in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until onion is tender. Add tomatoes, reserved liquid, salt, pepper, and, if desired, sugar. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in beans; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Toss cooked macaroni with butter; top with bean mixture, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with French bread. Garnish, if desired.