Edamame


Edamame – literally translated to the “twig bean.”  These twig beans are soy beans picked before they are ripen and they are delicious!  When buying the ones that are in the pods, you must squeeze the beans out before eating them but it makes for a fun way to eat!  For this dish, I wish I had the ones that were pod-less so I didn’t have to go through and pop them all out but it was kind of fun!  I like to make Edamame with steak and they are great in pasta as well.

I was reading my latest Food Network magazine and one of the tips that it gave was mix up your pasta once and a while and boil some vegetables in the water with your noodles.  I thought this was a great idea and decided to try it with the Edamame.  This dish ended up super yummy, and was cooked super fast.  I ended up making this dish for just me, but it could easily be made for more.

Edamame Noodles

Ingredients

Serves: 1 (could easily be made into a larger dish)

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat penne noodles
  • polska kielbasa, sliced lengthwise and the in halves
  • 1/4 cup of onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of edamame pod less (these pictures show ones with pods)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/3 cup of shredded cheese (I used a mix)
  • crushed red pepper
  • Italian seasoning

Directions

1.  Boil water and add in the noodles and edamame.  Turn the heat down or the water will begin to fizzle up because of the edamame.

2.  Add butter to a pan and allow to melt, add onions and saute.  Then add the polska kielbasa.  Season with the crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning.  Add the cheese.  Right before serving add in the tomatoes.

3.  Drain noodles and edamame (the edamame should be perfectly cooked by the time your noodles are done) and if you purchased the ones in the pod, at this time use your hands and squeeze the beans out of the pod.

4.  Serve noodles and edamame with the mixture of onion, cheese, polska kielbasa and tomatoes.

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