Here's proof that pasta sauce doesn't need meat to be hearty. Rosemary and garlic-flavoured tomato juice thickened with mashed beans makes a light sauce that nicely coats penne.
*Serve roasted red capsicums with wholemeal bread as an antipasto.
*Use red kidney beans instead of cannellini beans – you'll need 1 can (about 400g).
*If your supermarket doesn't stock spinach-flavoured pasta, you can use normal pasta.
*This recipe contains plenty of garlic, which contains potent phytochemicals including allicin, which has anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. For maximum benefit, always eat fresh garlic, not garlic powder or garlic salt. Garlic in capsule form does not give you the same effect as the fresh.
*Every 100g of cooked beans provides nearly 6g of fibre, making beans one of the best sources of heart-healthy fibre.
A good idea to use beans in a sauce but the recipe needs a little work...I added oregano, basil, a cube of frozen spinach and lots of salt and pepper. I also used white borlotti beans which were a good substitute for the cannellini. - 29 Aug 2009
Hi Linda, this is a wonderful recipe so easy to make and especially as I grow all my own vegetables and also make my own pasta...this was SO delicious Thank you for a great recipe - 24 Dec 2011