Pasta and White Beans Gratin Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 2 cups uncooked pasta shells
<br>- 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil
<br>- 3 cloves garlic
<br>- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
<br>- 1 teaspoon olive oil
<br>- 1 cup ricotta cheese
<br>- 1/2 cup chopped onion
<br>- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
<br>- 1 bay leaf
<br>- 1 tablespoon olive oil
<br>- 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans
<br>- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
<br>- salt and pepper to taste
<br>- 2 tomatoes, chopped
<br>- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
<br>- 1 tablespoon olive oil
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water until done. Drain, and set aside. Meanwhile mince basil and garlic with Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a medium bowl, and mix with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Mix in ricotta.
<br>step 2: In a saucepan, cook onions with thyme and bay leaf in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir in beans and balsamic vinegar, and simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
<br>step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine beans, tomatoes, and pasta in a well oiled 2 quart casserole dish. Place spoonfuls of the ricotta mixture in the pasta and beans, and press down to cover. In a small bowl, moisten bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and sprinkle over casserole.
<br>step 4: Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
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Ingredients
- 2 cups uncooked pasta shells
- 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions
step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water until done. Drain, and set aside. Meanwhile mince basil and garlic with Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a medium bowl, and mix with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Mix in ricotta.
step 2: In a saucepan, cook onions with thyme and bay leaf in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir in beans and balsamic vinegar, and simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine beans, tomatoes, and pasta in a well oiled 2 quart casserole dish. Place spoonfuls of the ricotta mixture in the pasta and beans, and press down to cover. In a small bowl, moisten bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and sprinkle over casserole.
step 4: Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

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