Despite the fact that we got ourselves a cute little tree, I’ve been listening to Christmas music while getting ready in the morning, and I spent an entire weekend (and then some) making edible holiday gifts, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas this year. It might be partly due to the fact that it’s been insanely warm for this time of year-–it’s been in the 60’s for weeks now! Ugh. My husband finds it humorous that I should complain about this, but I stand by it. I want a little chill in the air, enough so that a winter coat is mandatory. I want to walk down the streets of NYC, looking through the windows at the whimsical holiday displays while sipping a hot cocoa. Is this too much to ask?? The world can be a tough place to stomach sometimes, and I feel like December is the one time of year when we are allowed to live in a fantasyland in our heads––dreaming of sugarplums, reindeer, and snowmen. I am going to try and make the best of it. At least we’re not housebound due to a huge snowstorm, eh?
You HAVE to make this dish, and soon. I’ve made it twice in the past month, and I can’t get enough of it. Not only is it a perfect, comforting winter meal (even if it is warmer than usual), but it’s super-easy and pretty healthy. It takes all of 10 minutes, and you can make it in one pan. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Cannellini Beans with Bacon & Spinach
Adapted from The Splendid Table
Yield: 4 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 ounces smoky bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 (28-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
6 cups baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Put a large (approximately 10-inch) skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and let it get hot.
2. Add the bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and shallots, and cook for 30 seconds longer. Add the beans and cook for another 2 minutes.
4. Add the spinach and salt, season with pepper, and cook until the spinach wilts, about 4 minutes, adding a tablespoon or two of water, if needed, to help the spinach along. Serve immediately.