Farfalle with Lima Beans

August 30, 2007 at 5:12 pm 9 comments

I felt lost after posting recipes for all the blog events J What next? was the question.

To utilise a can of Lima beans, (I bought when I was searching for Fava Beans) last night I fixed us a quick pasta dinner- Farfalle with Lima Beans. BTW, Lima Beans are also called Pavta in Marathi (which I very well know). This I learned after some research on them; though what we get locally looks a bit different than the canned ones.

The buttery nutty flavour of the Lima beans complimented the soft beautiful Farfalle bows in a tangy tomato-mushroom sauce. This bean-bow combination will be often repeated in my house!  

I stumbled upon this blog just as I was to post the Farfalle with Lima beans recipe.

Regulars to my blog will already know I have become a slave to food blog events; how could I not send this recipe for the Presto Pasta Nights.Ruth this simple, quick Farfalle with Lima Beans is for your Pasta Night.



Farfalle with Lima Beans recipe


1 packet Farfalle (~ 3 cups uncooked farfalle)

1 Can Lima beans


3 tbsp Tomato-Mushroom Spaghetti sauce (storebought)

3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup

1 large onion chopped

3-4 garlic cloves peeled and crushed

2 tsp chili flakes/chili powder/pepper powder- whatever you like

1 tsp Mixed herbs

3-4 tsp Oil/butter

Salt as per taste

Grated Cheese (any cheese) as much as you like 

Cook the Farfalle as per instructions till ‘Al dente’ or see ‘How to Cook Pasta’ here.

Heat Oil/butter in a pan.

Add the garlic and sauté for few seconds.

Add the onion and sauté till they turn translucent.

Drain the liquid from the canned beans and add them to the onions.

Mix in the cooked Farfalle.

Stir in the sauces and mix nicely, so that the sauce coats the Beans-Farfalle.

Add little water if required to make a thick sauce.

Season with chili flakes, salt and mixed herbs.

Add cheese and cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Serve hot with Garlic bread or any other bread or as it is. 

Entry filed under: bean, butter, chili powder, Chilli, Cuisines of the world, farfalle, For the little wonders, garlic, ketchup, lima bean, mushroom, One pot, onion, pepper, Quick eats, salt, sauce, spaghetti, tomato.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ruth  |  August 30, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    It’s a perfect addition to Presto Pasta Nights. I’m so glad you stumbled onto it! Check back for the roundup tomorrow. I do hope to see you there often.

  • 2. lathanarasimhan  |  August 30, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Nice post Madhuli! But I din’t get to know which beans variety this is! Making your mango sheera tomorrow!

  • 3. bee  |  August 30, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    this is a great way to eat these beans. i believe the less they are flavoured, the better.

  • 4. Rajitha  |  August 30, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    aren’t farfalle cute… thanks for this.. also i did not know of an event like this.. i’ll check it out

  • 5. Suganya  |  August 30, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    I usually buy frozen lima beans. They are bright green and taste better too. Add a handful in avial or kootu, they are divine. I wonder how many shapes are there in pasta.

  • 6. sandeepa  |  August 30, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    I love Lima Benas, good to know the Indian name too. I love a quick stir fry of lima beans with some Panch Phoron and dry Red Chilies.
    This Pasta looks great too

  • 7. BongMom  |  August 30, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    I love Lima Benas, good to know the Indian name too. I love a quick stir fry of lima beans with some Panch Phoron and dry Red Chilies.
    This Pasta looks great too

  • 8. Raaga  |  August 31, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    This looks lovely 🙂
    @ Thank you ladies for all your lovely comments and ideas! 🙂

  • 9. hikkie  |  April 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I was inspired to make your lima beans pasta, with the garlic and chili flakes. We happened to have more penne pasta around, so we used penne and also added basil to the dish. We also had some leftover tomato sauce but only add very little to add color and some slight flavor. It was really delicious.



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