Cook the pasta, as per instructions.
Put the cooked pasta, beans, barbecue sauce, tomato puree, salt & pepper in a food processor & mix them up into a paste. Set aside.
In a medium to large saucepan, heat the oil and cook the red onion until it’s translucent
Add the garlic, thyme, salt, pepper to the saucepan and cook until you’ve released the aroma of the garlic & thyme. Remove from heat.
Add the pasta paste to the saucepan and combine well.
Roll the mixture into balls
Heat oil in a frying pan and cook the balls until the skins are slightly crisp & colored. Set aside.