I am in dire need of groceries. All I’ve got are a couple of sprigs of parsley, 2 cloves of garlic, leftover cans of white beans and crushed tomatoes, and some parmesan cheese…what to do?…is it okay to have pasta for the third time this week?…hmm… Well screw that, pasta it is! This quick lunch took me less than ten minutes to put together, and it was so worth the wait lol. 


  • Garlic
  • Organic flaxseed fettuccine
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Red chili flakes
  • olive oil
  • half a can of white beans
  • half a can of crushed tomatoes
  • parsley
  • balsamic vinegar

This recipe is more like an assembly than a recipe really, but who cares..as long as it’s yummy, filling, good for me, and in my belly I don’t care how long it takes to make.

Put the pasta to boil in boiling salted water. As the pasta cooks, fry the chopped garlic until golden brown, then add the tomato, parsley, and an incy wincy bit of the pasta water (to loosen up the sauce a bit because it can get quite thick). Once the sauce has cooked for about 5 minutes, turn off the heat, add a splash of balsamic, red chili flakes, and whatever herbs you’ve got on hand, then add the beans–I kept the beans till the end because you want to heat them through, not cook them or else they’ll get super mushy and you’ll end up with a watery mushy pasta, yuck.

Add the pasta to the sauce, toss a bit, and top with a bit of olive oil and parmesan cheese and you’re good to go!

Go straight-up bananas and give it a try and let me know how you like it.

For more recipes that are healthy, fun, and fast check out my blog www.straight-upbananas.com 

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