Quick tomato sauce with white beans and brown butter breadcrumbs

By Mary Berg
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*Cold Water Method: Add the noodles to the bottom of a pot and cover with 2-inches of cold water. Salt the water well and place a lid on the pot. Bring the water and noodles to a boil over medium-high heat then remove the lid, give the noodles a stir, and turn the heat down to maintain a simmer. Cook for 4 to 4 ½ minutes or until al dente. 

SERVES
4
 TO
5

Ingredients

  • 450g fusilli
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 540ml can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino cheese, plus more for serving
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley and/or basil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Cook the fusilli according to the package directions until al dente or cooked to your liking or give the cold water method a try!* 
  2. Either way, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the rest.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat until it is a little brown and nutty. Add in the halved cherry tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook until they just start to cook down a bit and release some of their juices. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional minute or two just to cook off the raw garlic flavour. Add in the white beans and turn the heat down to medium-low.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, add it to the pan with the tomatoes and beans along with about ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. Allow the pasta and sauce to simmer away while you make your crispy breadcrumbs.
  5. In a small frying pan, melt the brown butter over medium heat until it turns a little brown and nutty. Toss in the breadcrumbs, season with salt and pepper, and allow them to toast up a bit for a minute or two. Once golden, toss in the cheese and remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Just before serving, stir the herbs into the pasta and add a bit more of the pasta cooking liquid if needed. Serve topped with the crispy brown butter breadcrumbs and a little more cheese.

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