Here's proof that pasta sauce doesn't need meat to be hearty. Rosemary and garlic-flavoured tomato juice thickened with mashed beans makes a light sauce that nicely coats this elegant but easy spinach penne.
*Serve roast red peppers with wholemeal French bread as an antipasto, and then offer fresh fruit salad for dessert.
*Use red kidney beans instead of cannellini beans.
*This recipe contains plenty of garlic, which contains potent phytochemicals including allicin, which has anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. For best benefit, always eat fresh garlic, not garlic powder or garlic salt. Garlic in capsule form does not give you the same effect as the fresh.
*100g (3½oz) of cooked beans provides nearly 6g of fibre, making beans one of the best sources of heart-healthy fibre.