Rice Cooked in Black Bean Broth
When I first made Red Wine Spaghetti, a dish where pasta is cooked in a large portion of wine, I felt so guilty throwing out the red wine laden pasta water that I decided to save it instead. I had no idea what I could do with this starchy pasta water, but I am just too darn cheap to throw that slightly used, previously owned, broken-in ingredient down the drain.
The Omnivore witnessed me holding the piping hot pasta pot of water over a tupperware. He had a look of disbelief on his face that screamed, “What on earth has gotten into her? She’s saving used pasta water? I will buy her more wine.”
And of course, I wouldn’t have let him buy me more wine: I had only slightly-dented wine in the freezer! Throwing out that pasta water would have been foolish – it morphed into a delicious beef stew just days later.
Little did I realize that I had routinely been making a mistake as dreadful as throwing out red wine pasta water on a weekly basis. You see, I rehydrate dried beans all the time. And usually I rinse all that bean-juice away beans and store my beans in fresh water. And it never crossed my mind to save that rather unappealing bean juice for another use.
But it crossed Deborah Madison’s mind. And how delicious this was! The simple addition raised regular brown rice to another level and this rice is a perfect accompaniment for Mexican main courses. It totally complements rather than competes.
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Rice cooked in black bean broth (adapted from Deborah Madison)
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1 cup brown rice (may use white rice)
2 minced garlic cloves
1/8 tsp anise seeds
2 1/4 cups broth from cooked black beans (reduce to 2 cups if using white rice)
1 cup crushed tomatoes (or diced, but crushed is preferred)
Heat a 3 q sauce pan and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Saute onions over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add rice, garlic, and anise. Stir to coat rice. Toast 3-4 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt, and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for approximately 40 minutes (20 minutes for white rice) until water is absorbed.
Garnishes: scallions, diced tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream
Total Fat 1.4 g
Potassium 197.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 37.3 g
Protein 4.5 g