Super creamy, cheesy and flavourful, this broad beans pasta is a unique and nutritious take on your classic Alfredo sauce pasta. You’ll be surprised at how little it takes to turn this all time favorite in your household into a dish that’s healthy and nutritious.
Best of all, this takes minutes to put together and the entire family will love it! Ready to give this recipe a shot? Here’s what you need to know about it before you do.
Ingredients For the Recipe
The list of ingredients to put this pasta dish together is super simple.
- Broad beans (cleaned and whole): ½ cup
- Penne pasta: ½ cup
- Butter: 2 tbsp
- Garlic (minced): 2 tbsp
- Onions (finely chopped): ¼ cup
- Red chili flakes: 1 tbsp
- Mixed herb seasonings: 2 tbsp
- Black pepper powder: 1 tsp
- Salt: 1 tsp
- Milk: ½ cup
- All purpose flour: 4 tbsp
- Cheese (grated): ¼ cup
- Parsley (finely chopped): For garnish
How to Make the Broad Beans Pasta in White Sauce
Once you have all your ingredients set out and ready, here’s what you need to do to put the pasta dish together.
Heat water in a pan and add the pasta and broad beans to it when the water starts boiling. Let it cook until the broad beans become soft and the pasta is cooked al-dente.
While the pasta is getting cooked, heat butter in a pan. Add the minced garlic and onions. Saute and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Next, add the spices and salt and mix well.
Add the milk, flour, and cheese next and mix well.
Let the milk come to a simmer and saute until the cheese melts completely.
The beans and pasta should be cooked by then and drain the water and add the boiled pasta and broad beans to the white cheese sauce. Mix well.
Garnish with parsley and serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
This pasta dish is super versatile and customisable- you can add pretty much any other veggie of your choice into the mix along with the broad beans.
Carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, baby corn, onions, broccoli and cherry tomatoes are all great choices.
You can also add some leftover rotisserie chicken if you want to lend the dish a bit of a protein punch.
You sure can! Penne has a shape and texture that complements the broad beans, but if you have any other pasta at hand, you could use that too.
Spaghetti and macaroni are two other classics that can be great for this recipe.
Yes! You can. For this recipe, we’ve used scratch made Alfredo sauce, but you could also use any other sauce of your choice. Marinara sauce is a great option and if you don’t have the time to make it from scratch, you can also make do with the jarred version.
The key to getting your pasta to maintain its shape and have the right al dente texture is to cook it just the right amount. Overcooking is what usually makes the pasta lumpy and extra soft.
Make sure you cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package to make it just right.
Your leftover broad beans pasta can be transferred to an airtight container and stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
It is best to reheat refrigerated pasta in the microwave with a little splash of water to moisten it nicely.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Broad Beans Pasta in White Sauce
Think you’re ready to give the recipe a try? Wait up! You might want to have these tips and tricks handy.
- If you want to lend the pasta a bit more flavor and deliciousness, you can add some paprika or peri peri seasoning into it.
- Another great idea to lend your dish some depth of flavor and a boost of nutrition is to cook the pasta in chicken or vegetable broth instead of just water.
- If you don’t have broth, you could just add a stock cube into the mix too.
- This versatile pasta is actually a great way to get more greens on your plate too- throw in the kale, spinach and other greens for that extra healthy boost.
- If your pasta sauce seems to be too thick, you can loosen it up a bit by adding some water or milk.
- Remember to reserve about half a cup of the pasta cooking water to add to the sauce. This starchy water actually helps the sauce cling to the pasta better and coat it nicely.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
This easy and healthy broad beans pasta can be enjoyed as a meal all on its own. If you want to take things up a notch you can also team it up with some garlic bread or some sautéed veggies on the side.
And if you loved recreating this pasta dish in your kitchen and are inspired enough to try some more of such fun and easy recipes, here are a few good ones you might want to try out.
Broad Beans Pasta in White Sauce
- ½ cup Broad Beans , (cleaned and whole)
- ½ cup Penne Pasta
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- 2 tablespoon Garlic , (minced)
- ¼ cup Onions , (finely chopped)
- 1 tablespoon Red Chili Flakes
- 2 tablespoon Mixed Herb Seasonings
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ½ cup Milk
- 4 tablespoon All Purpose Flour
- ¼ cup Cheese , (grated)
- 1 tablespoon Parsley , (finely chopped)
- Heat water in a pan and add the pasta and broad beans to it when the water starts boiling. Let it cook until the broad beans become soft and the pasta is cooked al-dente.
- While the pasta is getting cooked, heat butter in a pan. Add the minced garlic and onions. Saute and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Next, add the spices and salt and mix well.
- Add the milk, flour, and cheese next and mix well. Let the milk come to a simmer and saute until the cheese melts completely.
- The beans and pasta should be cooked by then and drain the water and add the boiled pasta and broad beans to the white cheese sauce. Mix well.
- Garnish with parsley and serve hot.