A rich, spicy tomato sauce to you + us!
We love pasta just as much as the next guy. But this dish is FASTA THAN PASTA + certainly doesn't compromise on flavour. We've subbed pasta for our Queen Butter Beans as their big, fat, juiciness cling on to that rich sauce that any pasta shape would (we call 'em natures gnocchi for a reason!). What's more is that our beans are already cooked so no more twiddling your thumbs waiting for pasta to boil. Rich in protein, full of fibre, this dish will become your new weeknight staple.
This is a super simple recipe, so getting your hands on quality ingredients is key here.
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
3 tsp chilli flakes, or 2 medium hot chillies, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
A handful of basil leaves (roughly 10g), plus a handful of leaves to garnish
2 x 400g tin of quality finely chopped tomatoes (we love Mutti)
1 jar of Bold Bean Co Queen Butter Beans, drained
25g parmesan, plus extra to serve
A fresh rocket salad
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and chilli/chilli flakes. After about a minute, add the basil leaves and gently wilt them in the flavoured oil, roughly 1 minute.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes with a pinch of salt and stir to combine. Simmer for 4-5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken slightly. Then, pour in the beans and mix well to combine. Simmer for a further 2-3 minutes.
Add the parmesan and plenty of black pepper.
Serve with extra parmesan, scatter over some fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.