Broccolini Pasta with Broad Beans

    25 minutes

    A very simple vegetarian pasta - nutritious as well. The sauce is finished by the time the pasta is cooked. I often use wholemeal pasta for this dish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 500g penne
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
    • a teaspoon red chilli flakes
    • 2 bunches of broccolini, stalks chopped into 2cm pieces; the tops into florets
    • 250g broad beans
    • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Prepare the broadbeans if they are fresh, double peel them and boil for 5 minutes; thaw if frozen.
    2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add some salt and then cook the pasta to packet directions - about 11 minutes, then drain.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frypan and cook the garlic and chilli flakes for about a minute. Add the broccolini and cook, stirring, for another 5 minutes.
    4. Add the beans and sun dried tomatoes and cook together for another 5 minutes.
    5. Remove the frypan from the heat, mix the sauce contents with the pasta, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese to serve.

    Cook's Note

    The weight of the broad beans is just the beans - not the pods. You can use fresh for frozen.

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    Very healthy and simple recipe. Unfortunately lava beans r hard to find, I use othr types. I would add a squeeze of lemon juice at the end to compliment the flavors.  -  28 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I love Italy, too, lovesitaly! Please try this recipe for a light, healthy summer meal. I highly recommend it. Progresso has canned fava beans. Ask your grocer to order you a few cans if you have trouble finding them. They make this recipe. Now, I do have a couple of personal changes to mention. I used 12 oz. of dried WW penne pasta. I think using a whole pound, the broccolini and favas would get lost. I also added 2 heaping tbsps of fresh chopped basil with the beans and sundried tomatoes and sprinkled 1 tbsp on top, after mixing everything together, before sprinkling the cheese on top. If you can find smoked sundried tomatoes, try them! They give a nice depth of flavor. Lastly, I combined 3 cheeses - asiago, pecorino romano and parm - again, for more complex flavor. Thanks again, lovesitaly!  -  28 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I did not have fava beans, so I used lima beans and I added few chopped sicilian olives. Delizioso!  -  19 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)