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Tuscan-style bean pasta

Points® value
Total Time
20 min
5 min
15 min
WW member Elisha shares her recipe for using cannellini beans, one of her favourite tinned pulses. Plus, it’s a good way to use up stale bread!


White pasta, dry

200 g, pappardelle

Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Cherry Tomatoes

200 g, halved


1 clove(s), crushed


150 g, young leaf

Lemon Juice, Fresh

15 ml


½ zest(s) of 1

Cannellini Beans, cooked

200 g, drained and rinsed

White bread, sliced

25 g, stale (ensure vegan friendly)

Parsley, fresh

1 tablespoon(s), leaves picked and freshly chopped

Chilli flakes

1 teaspoon(s), level, to serve


  1. Bring a pan of water to a boil, add the pasta and cook to pack instructions, until al dente. Drain, reserving 125ml of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, mist a large lidded frying pan with cooking spray and set over a medium-low heat. Add the tomatoes and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add the spinach and lemon juice to the pan, then cover and cook for 2 minutes, until the spinach has just wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in the beans. Cover and set aside.
  4. While the pasta and veg are cooking, blitz the bread in a mini food processor (or grate using the coarse side of a grater) to a crumb. Mist a nonstick pan with cooking spray and toast the breadcrumbs for 1-2 minutes over a medium heat, until crisp and golden. Season well, then stir through most of the lemon zest.
  5. Toss the pasta with the vegetable and bean mixture, adding the reserved cooking water to loosen, if needed. Divide the pasta between bowls then garnish with the breadcrumbs, remaining lemon zest, parsley and chilli.