Aromatic sage is used in Italian cooking with pasta dishes such as gnocchi and risotto. We have paired it with white beans in this delicious pasta. It is known as a ‘miracle herb,’ for its healing properties, Italians even used to use it to clean their teeth.   

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 tablespoons butter (use oil to make this plant-based) 
  • 16  fresh sage leaves or 2 teaspoons of dried sage 
  • 50 grams bread crumbs 
  • 400 gram tin of cannellini or other white beans, drained and rinsed  
  • Grated hard cheese, parmesan or similar (use 5 tablespoons of yeast flakes to make this plant-based) 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

 Serve tossed with 500 grams of pasta, any shape you like. 


  1. Add the pasta to a large pan of boiling salted water and cook according to pack instructions (usually 10 minutes).  
  2. In a large pan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Once the butter begins to foam, start whisking. 
  3. Add the sage and continue to whisk for about 5 minutes, over a medium heat. The butter should be golden, but not dark. Stir in the bread crumbs until coated. 
  4. Add the beans and drained pasta to the pan with the butter and bread crumbs and stir. 
  5. Sprinkle in the cheese. To prevent the parmesan cheese from clumping, add a little bit at a time while tossing the hot pasta.  

To serve 

  1. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy. 

Hard-core want more? For more pasta recipes using roughly five ingredients have a look here.