Pasta and Beans – Dinner Express

When the day’s been long, I reach for a tin of beans and a packet of pasta for my ultimate comfort food a.k.a. hug for my belly.

Pasta and Beans

Serves 1 person, who really needs to eat and be snuggled at the same time

75-85g pasta, the short variety

100g beans, about half a tin, cannellini, borlotti or mixed beans work quite well

1-2 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

a pinch of chili flakes

First, stick on the water for the pasta. It’s such a small amount, you can use a small pot for this. And no I won’t scold you for not being ‘authentic’ and putting it in a fancy pants expensive pasta pot. I’d never do that to you, we both know that. Add a little salt here if you wish. When it’s reached a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions.

Drain the beans. If using a big tin, keep the other half for another time. You could do so much with them! But, focus on the present here, you need to eat.

Gently heat the the beans in another pot with some olive oil and season to taste. Or, if you’re like me after work, wait until the pasta has cooked to al dente, drain, set aside, and heat the beans in THE SAME POT. Season as you like here. And rejoice! You have reduced the amount of washing up to do.

Mix the beans with the pasta and voila. Dinner is served.



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