Quick & Tasty Butter Bean Stew
This recipe happened accidentally! Billie from CarrotsnCashews featured a Cannellini Bean Stew by Deliciously Ella on her guest blog this month and I knew I had to try it. However... I looked at Ella's recipe and I had none of the ingredients apart from Garlic, Chilli Powder, Tomatoes & Tahini. I didn't even have the Cannellini Beans. Determined not to be stopped and in my hangry state I reached for the Butter Beans instead and made my own meal. So this is inspired by Ella's original recipe - which I'm sure is lovely... but I'm in love with this one!
Serves: 4-6 depending on portion size
- 1-2 medium Red Onions (thinly sliced)
- 2-3 tsp Garlic (chopped/grated) - I use the Lazy Garlic!
- 2 tins Butterbeans
- 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes (Plum tomatoes work well too - just mash them up)
- 5-6 Fresh Tomatoes (chopped - if you don't have them another can of Chopped Tomatoes will do)
- 1 tsp Chilli Powder
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 tbsp. Tahini
- Pinch of Black Pepper
- Salt (optional - I don't add salt when I'm cooking)
Serve it with:
- Brown Rice, Quinoa, Bulgur Wheat, Baked Potato (I'm sure that would be immense) or Toast (epic beans on toast anyone?)
- Avocado Slices
- Sauteed Greens (Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard or Spring Greens)
- Linda McCartney Rosemary & Onion Sausages (this is a particularly good combo!)
1. Add onions to a large saucepan and cook on a low heat. As you might already know I try not to cook with oil (as much as possible - unless I'm sautéing or roasting) and if you add a splash of water this will stop the onions from sticking. When the onions have softened add the garlic and stir. Cook for 2 minutes. If the mixture sticks, add another splash of water.
2. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes and cook until they have softened. Add the chilli powder & paprika and stir again (you may need to add another splash of water to stop the spices from burning).
3. Next, add your tinned tomatoes, stir and let the mixture bubble. As soon as it's bubbling away then you can add the butter beans. Stir and let this bubble again. Then add the tahini & black pepper & stir. Then it's ready to scran!
You can easily cook this in 10 minutes, but if you're cooking rice or sausages then it does taste nicer after 20-25 minutes of cooking as it gets thicker when it's simmering away! Like most meals, this tastes EVEN better the next day and is a great dinner to take to work or eat at home after a long day. All it takes is a few minutes in the microwave and it's done!
Lots of love,