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Butter bean and tomato stew with garlic bread recipe

Butter bean and tomato stew with garlic bread recipe

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This colourful stew is filled out with creamy, chunky butter beans and wilted spinach leaves then served with garlic bread to mop up the tomato juices. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 380 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy-free


  • 3½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed​
  • 2 x 400g tins Grower's Harvest chopped tomatoes
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano, plus an extra pinch
  • 1 lemon, zested, plus 1 tbsp juice​
  • ½ tsp caster sugar​
  • 2 x 400g tins butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 200g baby spinach leaves
  • ½ crusty white bloomer, cut into 8 slices
  • 10g fresh basil, finely chopped
If you don't have chopped tomatoes, chop up a tin of plum tomatoes instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    15g 21%
  • Saturates

    2g 12%
  • Sugars

    13g 14%
  • Salt

    0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 45.7g Protein 13.3g Fibre 7g


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onion with a pinch of salt for 6-8 mins until tender. Add half the garlic, fry for 30 secs, then add the tomatoes, swirl each can out with 50ml water and add to the pan with 1½ tsp oregano. Simmer for 10 mins until the sauce thickens slightly. Add the zest and juice, sugar, beans and spinach; stir until the spinach wilts, then simmer for another 10 mins until the sauce is thick enough to coat the beans. Add a splash of water if the beans look dry.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high. Grill the bloomer slices for 1-2 mins each side until lightly golden. Mix the remaining 2½ tbsp oil, the garlic, half the basil, a pinch of oregano and some black pepper. Brush over one side of the toasts and grill for 1-2 mins until crunchy and the garlic is fragrant. Stir the remaining basil through the stew and serve with the garlic toasts.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze the stew only. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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