Pasta shells with Borlotti beans


I share this simple dish that is one of my favorites.

You will need :

250g Borlotti Beans
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Borlotti beans: Soak overnight in water. Rinse and place in a pot. Cover in cold water and add one teaspoon bicarbonate of soda. Bring to boil. Simmer and cook on low heat, rolling boil , for 45 minutes. Drain the water.

500g pasta shells

Cook the pasta in plenty salted as per instructions on the pack. For the last 5 minutes of cooking time, drain and transfer into the sauce. Cook for the last five minutes, turn off and cover.

For the sauce you will need :

2 tablespoons olive oil, hold one back for garnish
6 large tomatoes with skin on, roughly chopped
1 large clove garlic, grated
1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 can tinned tomatoes
1 spoon tomato purΓ©e
A measuring jug of water
1/2 cup wine
A pinch of dried rosemary
Salt and freshly ground pepper
For garnish: Around 10g per portion of pecorino cheese
A dusting of finely grated lemon rind

Put a spoon of olive oil in a large pot on moderate heat. Add together the onion, grated garlic and fresh tomatoes. Cook on low heat until they soften. If necessary top with water from your jug. Do not allow to dry up. Cook until the mixture softens up. Add the wine then the tinned tomatoes fresh rosemary and dried rosemary. Leave to reduce.


Stir in the extra parsley, stir. plate the pasta and add more Borlotti beans, lemon zest and parsley, top with local pecorino cheese.


I use Pasta Rummo, borlotti beans by Good Earth, fresh vegetables and herbs by Big Fresh, tinned tomatoes by Victoria Brand, dried herbs and spices by Schwartz, kitchenware by Tescoma, cheese by Experia the Deli.

13 responses to “Pasta shells with Borlotti beans”

  1. I made some pasta with black beans recently and enjoyed it. I am trying to cut back on meat and fats. I loved my recent quinoa invention with a sort of sweet and sour sauce, peas, onions and carrots. Maybe sounds strange but it was like ‘sweet and sour fried rice,’ yet more natural. I enjoyed this recipe and will try it, I have all the ingredients. Smiles, Robin

    1. thank you robin, i am sorry but i only just saw your message. Did you try the soup? πŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful pics. You can never go wrong with pasta, it’s such a wonderful comfort food πŸ™‚

    1. the best comfort food every, thank you πŸ™‚

  3. I love pasta with beans. It’s so hearty and just so completing. Lovely pics too

    1. a wholesome and healthy meal, thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Looks so good–especially when it’s so cold outside!

    1. Perfect this month πŸ™‚

  5. Kang Ju-won (강주원) Avatar
    Kang Ju-won (강주원)

    Wow, looks exquisite!

  6. It doesn’t get much healthier (or tastier) than this Lea. Lovely.

    1. this message slipped through conor, only just seen it, how are you? Long time πŸ™‚

      1. In top form. Replying from my hotel room in New Jersey. Over here on business for a few days. I see you very active on all social channels. Good work. I admire what you are doing Lea.

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