Creamy Tuscan Cannellini Bean Pasta With Tenderstem Broccoli

Creamy Tuscan Cannellini Bean Pasta With Tenderstem Broccoli

This vegan pasta dish is a great store cupboard supper, using mashed cannellini beans to create a creamy sauce to coat the pasta. Topped with walnuts, chilli flakes and perfectly cooked tenderstem broccoli, it's feeding – and good for you.
Total Time
30 Minutes
2 tbsp of olive oil
30g of walnuts, chopped
1 tbsp of chilli flakes (optional)
200g of tenderstem broccoli
1 small white onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
200g of mezzi rigatoni, tortiglioni or penne
1 x 400g can of cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
A few sprigs of rosemary, leaves removed & chopped
Zest & juice of 1 lemon
Salt & pepper, to taste
A small handful of chopped parsley
Step 1

Heat a large frying pan and add the chopped walnuts and chilli flakes (if using). Cook for 5 minutes until the walnuts start to go golden. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Step 2

At the same time, cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, adding the tenderstem broccoli for the last 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Add the oil to the frying pan and fry the onion for 5-7 minutes until it starts to caramelise. Add the crushed garlic and cook for another minute.

Step 4

Add the cannellini beans and the chopped rosemary to the frying pan and cook for few minutes.

Step 5

Remove 1 cup of the cooking water from the pasta pan and add it to the bean mixture. Add the lemon zest and juice, then with a potato masher, break down the beans until you have a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for a few minutes until the sauce thickens up. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more of the pasta water.

Step 6

Remove the tenderstem broccoli from the pasta pan with a slotted spoon and set aside, keeping it warm. Drain the pasta and add to the pan containing the sauce. Mix well.

Step 7

Divide the pasta and sauce between 2 plates, arrange the tenderstem broccoli and walnuts on top and finish with a sprinkle of parsley.

Recipe courtesy of Tenderstem. Visit

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