Updated: Saturday, 26th May 2018 @ 7:36am

MM's Cheap Eats: Pasta with fennel seeds and garlic

MM's Cheap Eats: Pasta with fennel seeds and garlic

By Melanie Hughes

MM's in-house gourmet returns with another one of her delicious, low-budget creations. This time it's a tasty pasta dish to keep you warm through this cold snap! MM recommends eating under a sunlamp while pretending to be in Tuscany. 

1 Pack stuffed tortellini

1 glove garlic

1 tsp fennel seeds

Half pack of green beans (or thinly slices courgette)

1 fresh chopped tomato

1 tsp butter

1 tbsp fresh parlsey

Salt and pepper


This dish was so spontaneous and on-the-spot that I didn’t even have time to take a picture (and I was starving)! But I decided to use to today before I forget it.

You can use plain pasta if you like but this worked really well with the smoked sausage tortellini which you can buy ready made from the shops.

Boil some water for the pasta and chop some garlic, green beans and the tomato. Heat a pan to a medium heat and fry the vegetable in some olive oil. Throw in a splash of white wine and add the fennel seeds and cook for 5-10 minutes on a low heat.

Add the tortellini to the water and cook to the instructions on the pack, it should only take around 5 minutes.

Give the beans, tomatoes and seed a shake around, add some salt and pepper and chop the parsley.

Drain the pasta and add the butter and parsley to the beans then just tip in the drained pasta and give it a minute to fry and soak up all the delicious flavours. Frying the pasta for the last minute in the sauce isn't something that a lot of people do but it's really worth it to soak up as much flavour as possible, and to give the pasta a bit of colour.

Simply serve with some salad or bread.