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Red Bean & Pasta Salad

My sons enjoy a pasta dish once a week and generally for a Saturday lunch, and I personally do not like pasta and prefer not to eat it. So one fine day I decided to play around with pasta and see which combinations work for me and which ones I will be able to eat (because I have been told by my son that being vegetarian does not mean I have to only eat Indian food and if I want to go to Europe on holiday-I need to get my act together and start eating pastas and pizzas), so here is my first creation and I have to admit it was not bad at all-however next time I will use a smaller shape of pasta. My experiments will continue and so will my diet modifications.

Red Bean & Pasta Bean Salad (Serves 6)

1 can red kidney beans

125ml chopped tomatoes

65ml chopped mix peppers (optional)

45ml chopped fresh basil

30ml chopped spring onions (optional)

1 green/red chilli finely chopped

7ml salt

5ml freshly ground pepper

2ml sugar

15ml lemon juice

5ml lemon grated lemon zest

10ml olive oil

500ml cooked pasta shapes

100ml feta to serve (optional)

6-8 sprigs of basil leaves (garnish)


  1. Mix the beans, tomatoes, peppers, chopped basil, spring onions, chilli, salt, pepper, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil and allow this to rest for about 15-20minutes, so that all the flavours can combine well
  2. Place cooked pasta in a serving bowl and pour the beans mixture over the pasta and garnish with some feta cheese and basil leaves before serving



Comments: 7

  • Prabha Soni


    Looks yummy l too will try it.

  • 15/10/2013

    as much as I love pasta, I don’t like it cold 🙂

    • 16/10/2013

      I am sure if i made it a hot dish with a few added herbs and veggies it would be good

    • 16/10/2013

      I have to admit–i think if it was warm i may enjoy eating it, will have to try it warm soon

  • Flee


    Hi Usha

    A Penne is more for your thicker saucier pasta dishes, for something like this could I maybe suggest one of the smaller Shell options… The concept looks amazing tho and will def have this on the next menu when we have people over for a braai.

    Thanks Mills

    • 16/10/2013

      Yip I know, however at the time Penne is all that i had at home

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