Creamy Tuscan Cannellini Bean Pasta with Tenderstem® broccoli

Creamy Tuscan Cannellini Bean Pasta with Tenderstem® broccoli

This vegan pasta dish is a great store cupboard supper, using mashed cannellini beans to create a creamy sauce to coat the delicious pasta. Topped with walnuts, chilli flakes and perfectly cooked Tenderstem® broccoli, this is a bowl of pure joy.

Preparation time

5 minutes

Cooking time

25 minutes



Dietary requirements

  • Vegan

Nutritional information per serving

  • kcal 733
  • Fat 23.9g High
  • Saturates 3.3g Low
  • Carbs 92.4g
  • Sugars 7.3g Low
  • Fibre 18.1g
  • Protein 28g
  • Salt 0.28g Low


  1. Heat a large frying pan and add the chopped walnuts and chilli flakes (if using). Cook for 5 minutes until the walnuts start to go golden. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  2. At the same time, cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, adding the Tenderstem® broccoli for the last 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the oil to the frying pan and fry the onion for 5-7 minutes until it starts to caramelise. Add the crushed garlic and cook for another minute.

  4. Add the cannellini beans and the chopped rosemary to the frying pan and cook for few minutes.

  5. Remove 1 cup of the cooking water from the pasta pan and add it to the bean mixture. Add the lemon zest and juice, then with a potato masher, break down the beans until you have a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for a few minutes until the sauce thickens up. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more of the pasta water.

  6. Remove the Tenderstem® broccoli from the pasta pan with a slotted spoon and set aside, keeping it warm. Drain the pasta and add to the pan containing the sauce. Mix well.

  7. Divide the pasta and sauce between 2 plates, arrange the Tenderstem® broccoli and walnuts on top and finish with a sprinkle of parsley.

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Nutrition information for Tenderstem® broccoli is based on lab analysis of the raw product commissioned by Tenderstem® broccoli. Please note, nutrition may vary due to origin, methods of storage and preparation, and freshness.

Nutrition analysis of recipes featured on the Tenderstem® broccoli website is calculated by a registered dietitian using McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods, Seventh Edition, but may vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients used. Analyses do not include optional ingredients or suggested accompaniments unless specific amounts are given. If there is a range in the amount of an ingredient, the smaller amount is used. When a recipe lists a choice of ingredients, the first is used.