I found some great pea and lentil based “pasta” in Sainsbury’s and couldn’t wait to try them out, what I love is that an average serving counts as 1/5 day! Combine this with the beans and you’ve got 2 portions of veg in one meal PLUS they’re organic and suitable for anyone who can’t have gluten.
If you can’t find these then feel free to use any pasta of choice, Sainsbury’s also do a great selection of wholegrain *spelt pasta/noodles for only £1.15.
*Note: Spelt contains gluten
This is a lovely, simple, nutritious meal that can be whipped up in under 20mins and is packed full of the good stuff including:
-heart loving compounds in the legumes, garlic, olive oil and rocket
Recipe (serves 2)
-approx 140g to 150g uncooked pasta of choice
-1 can white beans-drained (haricot, cannellini etc)
-2 handfuls fresh rocket
-4 Tbspn fine grated parmesan or nutritional yeast if vegan/vegetarian
-2 small garlic cloves, grated/crushed
-2 Tbspn olive oil (I used garlic infused)
-squeeze of fresh lemon juice (adjust to taste)
optional: some chopped fresh basil
Note: I cooked my pasta longer (12mins total) than it said on the pack as I prefer mine softer rather than al dente.
1- Put on a large pot to boil, once boiling add in the pasta and a pinch of salt
2- Add the rocket to a large bowl, pour in the oil and minced/crushed garlic then gently rub this into the rocket
3- Approx 5-6 mins before your pasta is done cooking add in the beans, then allow the pot to come to the boil again before cooking for another 5mins or until done
4- Once the pasta and beans are cooked, drain them and add them to the rocket along with the cheese/nutritional yeast and fresh lemon juice then gently mix until evenly coated
5- Serve up with some basil leaves if desired