Bean and pesto mash

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Bean and pesto mash | healthy mash recipe
Bean and pesto mash | healthy mash recipe
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

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Woman's Weekly recipe Make a serving of healthy mash by replacing the potato with cannellini beans. Stir in some red pesto for a flavoursome mash that is lower in fat


  • Mash potatoes
  • 2tbps olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1-2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 x 400g cans Cannellini beans
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 4 slices of Parma ham
  • 2tbps red pesto
  • Sage leaves

This recipe is also good with butterbeans instead of cannellini beans.


  1. Heat 2 tbps olive oil, add 1 chopped onion and cook for 5 mins. Add 1-2 crushed garlic cloves and cook for another 2 mins.
  2. Drain and rinse 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans. Add to the pan with 300ml hot vegetable stock and simmer, uncovered, for 20 mins until the beans are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan, add 4 slices of Parma ham, torn into shreds and fry until crispy. Set aside.
  4. Add a little oil to the pan and, when hot, fry some sage leaves for a few seconds until just crisp.
  5. Mash the beans, put in a bowl and swirl in 2 tbps red pesto. Top with the crispy ham and sage leaves.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 384(kcal)
  • Fat 20.0g
  • Saturates 3.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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