About this recipe: Here's a colourful and easy pasta and bean dish that makes a satisfying main course all on its own. Garlic, olive oil, onion, Tabasco sauce and pecorino cheese add lots of sunny flavour.
Tagliatelle with cannellini beans: Use tagliatelle or fettuccine instead of spaghetti, and replace the chickpeas with canned cannellini beans. Instead of spinach, add 225g (8oz) cooked asparagus spears, cut into 2.5cm (1in) lengths, to the sauce.
*Despite its name, the chickpea is not really a pea but a bean. Chickpeas contain good amounts of iron, manganese and folate, and are richer in vitamin E than most other beans.
*Cooking the spinach leaves in the sauce very briefly, just to wilt them, retains all their juices and the maximum nutrients.