Maltagliati with borlotti beans and rosemary gremolata

Maltagliati with borlotti beans and rosemary gremolata

Maltagliati, which translates as ‘poorly cut’ is made from the offcuts, whatnots, and unloved remnants of other more venerated pasta such as tagliatelle. Traditionally a food of the poor, this irregular shaped pasta was usually combined with other basic ingredients to create a cheap, wholesome dish much like the one below. The addition of the gremolata provides a zesty zingy low-cost alternative to Parmesan. Having never seen Maltagliati in the shops, we instead used a mixture of end of packet shapes and sizes.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Serves: 2 human adults


  • pasta – odds, ends and whatnots – 200g
  • borlotti beans – 400g tin
  • garlic – finely chopped – 4 cloves
  • fresh rosemary – finely chopped – 2 tsp
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • olive oil – generous glug
  • s & p

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente.

Meanwhile put half the tin of beans into a food blender and blend to a smooth puree (add a little water if necessary.

Next, make the gremolata by mixing together the chopped rosemary, a finely chopped clove of garlic and the lemon zest. Add a little olive oil to loosen.

Heat a generous splash of olive oil to a large sauté pan and add 3 finely chopped cloves of garlic and gently heat through for a few minutes to infuse the oil.

Add the pureed beans along with a little pasta water and mix until smooth and creamy.

Add the pasta, the remaining beans and (if necessary) a little more pasta water and stir until everything is mixed together.

Serve immediately with a topping of the gremolata.

Verdict: A simple, easy, honest, tasty, and cheap midweek meal and a great way to finish off all those almost empty packets of pasta. The gremolata adds a much welcome zesty swagger and carefree brio. If you’re searching for the perfect pasta sauce look no further than the yumblog archive: Pasta sauce #1 and Pasta sauce #2.

Drink: Dry January? Probably not.

Entertainment: ‘Winterwatch’ is back.

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