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salami pasta

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Serves 2

quick easy pasta dish

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  • 300g/10½oz ditalini or mezzi tubetti pasta
  • 75g/3oz Milano salami slices, (about 15 slices), scissored into strips
  • 1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes, plus ½ can water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 x 400g/14oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed


    1. Bring some water for the pasta to the boil in a pan and salt generously – or to taste – then put in the ditalini or mezzi tubetti, which will probably need around 10 minutes (though check the packet instructions).
    2. Meanwhile, get on with making the sauce. Warm a fairly wide, heavy-based pan and toss in the salami strips, not worrying if they clump together. Stir with a wooden spoon over a medium heat for a minute or two.
    3. Tip in the tomatoes and slosh about ½ can water around in the empty can, then add that, too.
    4. Drop in one tablespoon of the butter and stir well with your wooden spoon, then add the bouquet garni and the drained beans. Stir well, then leave it to bubble away – firmly but gently – while the pasta finishes cooking.
    5. Just before draining the pasta, lower in a small cup and take out a little of the cooking water. Drain the pasta well.
    6. Stir the drained pasta into the sauce, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining butter. If you think the sauce needs loosening a little, splash in some of the reserved pasta cooking water and stir again with your wooden spoon. Leave to stand for 2 minutes before serving, then remove the bouquet garni.

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