Penne with Butter Bean & Avocado
Remember my recent post on Butter Bean & Avocado Spread? Well, I had some leftover so decided to use it as a stir-in sauce for pasta.
the creamy butter beans and avocado merge with warm penne beautifully for a sublime pasta experience
Like my previous pasta recipe, this time too, I used wholewheat (as opposed to white) penne and didn’t feel like I was eating something “boring healthy”.
And like my previous Maggi recipe, this is also a one-step cooking method (if you leave aside the pasta boiling step).
3-4 Tablespoons Butter Bean & Avocado Spread (or to taste)
1/2 Cup uncooked chunky pasta of your choice
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Large Onion
2 Ripe tomato
200 Grams mushroom
A handful of basil leaves
2-3 Bird’s eye chilli
Head of garlic
Juice of 1 lime or lemon
1 Tablespoon mixed herbs or Italian seasoning
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1-2 Tablespoons pine nuts
Grated Parmesan to serve
Salt to taste
- Firstly, we need to marinade the vegetables for a few hours.
- Wash/wipe and halve or quarter the mushrooms (depending on their size).
- Wash, de-core, de-seed and chop the yellow pepper.
- Peel, wash and slice the onion.
- Wash and dice the tomato.
- Wash and slice the chilli.
- Peel and slice the garlic along its length.
- Combine the mushrooms, pepper, onion, tomato, chilli and garlic in a bowl.
- Add the olive oil, lemon juice, seasoning and salt to taste.
- Mix well, cover and refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours.
- When you are ready to prepare the dish, cook the pasta according to instructions on the packet. Drain and set aside.
- Dry roast the pine nuts till they tun a shade darker. Set aside.
- Wash and dry the basil leaves. Set aside.
- Heat a frying pan and add all the vegetables along with the marinade.
- Mix well, lower the heat, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes.
- Take the pan off the heat and stir in the boiled pasta, pine nuts, basil and butter bean & avocado mixture.
- Mix thoroughly and transfer to a pasta bowl.
- Sprinkle some parmesan and enjoy.
- This recipe can be enjoyed hot or at room temperature.