Orecchiette with butter beans, parsley, chilli & lemon

Make this simple pasta dish using whatever you’ve got to hand, including different pasta shapes, beans or chopped tomatoes. You can leave out the chilli if you prefer

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 422
  • fat 5g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 73g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 8g
  • protein 16g
  • salt 0.02g


  • 400g orecchiette
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ large bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 25g grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative (optional)


  1. Cook the orecchiette following pack instructions until al dente, about 10 mins. Drain, reserving the cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the chillies and garlic for 2 mins until just softened. Mix in the butter beans, tomatoes, lemon zest and juice. Cook for 5 mins more, then scatter in the parsley and cook for another 2 mins. The tomatoes should have reduced slightly and the beans should be warmed through.

  3. Tip the orecchiette into the frying pan with the butter bean mixture. Pour in a little of the reserved pasta cooking water if you prefer a looser sauce. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with the cheese before serving, if you like.

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