Warm bean salad with proscuitto and herbs

The flavours in this warm salad – garlic, basil, onion, proscuitto and a kiss of chilli are absolute winners with the creamy cannelini beans. With some simply grilled meat, a fresh green salad and jacket potatoes, you have a complete meal that’s delicious, healthy, and has a wonderful mix of contrasting textures and flavours.

Serves 6 – 8

olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1 red onion, finely diced
1 long red chilli, finely sliced (leave the seeds in if you like it a bit hotter)
4 slices of proscuitto, chopped
A handful of basil and flat leaf parsely, finely chopped
2 400g tins of cannelinin beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon grated parmesan
Sea salt and black pepper

Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and cook the garlic, onion, chilli and proscuitto until the onion is transparent and the proscuitto is slightly crisp. Add the beans and herbs and toss until warmed through. Season well with salt and pepper. Place onto a serving platter and sprinkle with the parmesan. Drizzle over a little extra olive oil and serve.