Bacon & Sage Frittata with a Warm Cannellini Bean Salad
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Bacon, eggs and beans, but not as you know them. This Italian-inspired meal stars crispy fried lardons from Rob Mercer’s pigs in Staffordshire, golden yolked organic eggs and creamy cannellini beans.
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755 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
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  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • A 200g punnet of chestnut mushrooms
  • A 250g punnet of cherry tomatoes
  • A handful of sage, leaves only
  • A 200g pack of lardons
  • 6 eggs
  • A 400g tin of cannellini beans
  • 2 large handfuls of baby leaf spinach
From your kitchen
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
You'll need
  • A couple of bowls
  • Ovenproof frying pan (ideally 20 cm)
  • Small pan
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Peel and finely slice the red onion. Pop it into a bowl and pour over the red wine vinegar. Add a pinch of salt and mix. Leave to marinate.

  • 2.

    Thickly slice the mushrooms. Chop the tomatoes into quarters. Finely shred the sage leaves.

  • 3.

    Warm an ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat for 1 min (20 cm is a good size pan for this dish). Add ½ tbsp oil. Tip in the lardons. Cook and stir for 4-5 mins till they start to crisp up and turn golden.

  • 4.

    Add half the marinated onions to the pan, along with all of the mushrooms and half of the tomatoes. Cook for 4-5 mins, stirring occasionally, till the veg are soft.

  • 5.

    While the veg are cooking, crack the eggs into a bowl. Beat together. Add a good crack of black pepper and most of the sliced sage. Pour this mix into the pan with the lardons and veg. Turn your grill on and set it to medium-high.

  • 6.

    Cook the frittata on the hob for 3 mins till the base has set. Slide it under the grill and cook for 5 mins till bubbling and firm. Remove and leave to cool slightly.

  • 7.

    Drain and rinse the beans. Tip them into a pan with the remaining marinated onions and tomatoes. Cook on a medium heat for 3-4 mins till warmed through. Tip in the spinach and stir together to just wilt it. Taste and add salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Serve the fritatta in slices alongside the warm bean salad.

  • Tip

    You say fritatta
    We say fried – that’s what fritatta means in Italian. It’s a chunky, open-faced omelette that can include all sorts of ingredients. If you have any of your fritatta leftover, it will keep wrapped in the fridge for up to 2 days.