Citrus fruits are an easy, flavorful add to many recipes

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 06:37 PM.

1     19-ounce can white kidney (cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained

½     of one fresh lemon, using rind and juice

3     tablespoons EVOO, olive oil

¾     cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely torn or chopped, packed

Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

Prepare pasta according to package directions, adding cannellini beans for the last 2- minutes of cooking time. Remove ½ cup of the cooking liquid, set aside. Drain pasta and beans; cover to keep warm and set aside.

Finely shred peel from the lemon half, about 2-3 teaspoons. In a small skillet heat 1-tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add lemon peel; cook and stir for 1-minute, or until lightly golden.

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