Creamy pasta with white bean sauce

Creamy pasta with white bean sauce

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Xueci Cheng

Xueci Cheng

Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

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"This creamy, can’t believe-it’s-vegan pasta dish comes together in 30 minutes, thanks to the almighty canned white beans. The key is to reserve enough pasta water to make sure the sauce doesn’t dry out during cooking. The nutritional yeast is there for the umami, so don’t skip it! We used paccheri pasta but you can also use other tubular pasta like rigatoni, or even pappardelle. To dress it up, add leafy greens like kale, spinach or swiss chard. I like the fluffy texture of panko breadcrumbs but you can substitute with normal breadcrumbs, or even make your own with stale bread."

Difficulty

Easy 👌

Preparation

30 min

Baking

0 min

Resting

0 min

Ingredients

2Servings
250 g
paccheri pasta
400 g
canned white beans
1
onion
2 cloves
garlic
10 g
parsley
½
lemon
3 tbsp
olive oil
½ tsp
chili flakes
30 g
panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp
nutritional yeast
salt
pepper
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Utensils

knife, cutting board, bowl, fine grater, citrus press, sieve, pot (large), frying pan (large), spatula, paper towels, colander

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Nutrition per serving

Cal967
Fat23 g
Protein35 g
Carb157 g
  • Step 1/ 4

    Finely chop onion and mince garlic. Finely chop the parsley and add to a bowl. Zest and juice lemon. Mix the lemon zest and parsley in the bowl, set aside. Drain white beans.
    • 1 onion
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 10 g parsley
    • ½ lemon
    • 400 g canned white beans
    • knife
    • cutting board
    • bowl
    • fine grater
    • citrus press
    • sieve

    Finely chop onion and mince garlic. Finely chop the parsley and add to a bowl. Zest and juice lemon. Mix the lemon zest and parsley in the bowl, set aside. Drain white beans.

  • Step 2/ 4

    Set a big pot of water to boil, season generously with salt. Add pasta and cook for approx. 2 min. less than the cooking time according to package instructions. Reserve about 250 ml pasta water when it’s cooked. In the meantime, in a big frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add chili flakes. Fry for approx. 1 min. or until the oil has turned red. Add breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown, for approx. 3 min. Remove the breadcrumbs and set aside.
    • 250 g paccheri pasta
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • ½ tsp chili flakes
    • 30 g panko breadcrumbs
    • salt
    • pot (large)
    • frying pan (large)
    • spatula

    Set a big pot of water to boil, season generously with salt. Add pasta and cook for approx. 2 min. less than the cooking time according to package instructions. Reserve about 250 ml pasta water when it’s cooked. In the meantime, in a big frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add chili flakes. Fry for approx. 1 min. or until the oil has turned red. Add breadcrumbs and fry until golden brown, for approx. 3 min. Remove the breadcrumbs and set aside.

  • Step 3/ 4

    Wipe out the frying pan using some paper towel. Add the remaining olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add minced onion and fry until translucent. Then add garlic and fry briefly. Add white beans and fry for approx. 3 min. Next, add nutritional yeast and some of the reserved pasta water. Use the spatula or a fork to mash up the white beans. Add a little more pasta water during the process until the white bean sauce is creamy.
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
    • paper towels

    Wipe out the frying pan using some paper towel. Add the remaining olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add minced onion and fry until translucent. Then add garlic and fry briefly. Add white beans and fry for approx. 3 min. Next, add nutritional yeast and some of the reserved pasta water. Use the spatula or a fork to mash up the white beans. Add a little more pasta water during the process until the white bean sauce is creamy.

  • Step 4/ 4

    Drain the pasta. Add it to the white bean sauce and keep the heat on medium-low. Mix to combine, until the pasta is coated evenly with the white bean sauce. If needed, add more pasta water to make the sauce glossy. Add lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Mix breadcrumbs with the lemon zest and parsley. Transfer the pasta to a serving plate and top with the breadcrumb mixture. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil if desired.
    • salt
    • pepper
    • colander

    Drain the pasta. Add it to the white bean sauce and keep the heat on medium-low. Mix to combine, until the pasta is coated evenly with the white bean sauce. If needed, add more pasta water to make the sauce glossy. Add lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Mix breadcrumbs with the lemon zest and parsley. Transfer the pasta to a serving plate and top with the breadcrumb mixture. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil if desired.

  • Enjoy your meal!

    Creamy pasta with white bean sauce

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