Spaghetti with pancetta, butter beans and rosemary

  • Serves 2
  • Ready in 20 minutes
  • Easy
A simple yet hearty pasta recipe with crispy pancetta, creamy butter beans and aromatic rosemary.

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories864kcals
  • Fat45.3g (8.8g saturated)
  • Protein27.4g
  • Carbohydrates92g (6.7g sugar)
  • Salt2.6g

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  • 200g spaghetti
  • 75g cubed pancetta or 4 rashers streaky bacon, diced
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • Grated zest and juice of 1/2 small lemon
  • Handful chopped fresh parsley
  • Fresh Parmesan shavings, to serve


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions or until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan and cook the pancetta or bacon for 3-4 minutes until golden and crisp. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic and rosemary and cook for 6-7 minutes until softened. Add the butter beans and warm through. Stir in the lemon zest and juice and chopped fresh parsley. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain the spaghetti well and return to the saucepan. Toss in the pancetta and butter bean mixture. Serve with several shavings of fresh Parmesan.
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From May 2004

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