Weekday Meal: Spicy Butterbeans with Garlic Mash


I’m starting a new weekly feature where I’ll be sharing my favourite simple, student budget friendly meals that are brilliant for midweek meals. I’ll be posting them every Friday! This one is really warming and lovely, one of my go to dishes when I need to make something to eat over a few days in the week ahead. I’ve used canned ingredients and root veg that don’t spoil easily, so if you’ve got ingredients left over they won’t grow fur in the fridge too quickly. I love putting a bit of garlic in my mash, it goes really well with the smokey paprika of the beans and makes the potatoes even more delicious. As there will be leftovers with this dish, you could also serve the beans with some sweet potato wedges, crusty bread or even have them on toast!

Shopping List

400g can of butter beans

400g can plum tomatoes

2 medium sized carrots

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 onion

1 red chilli

olive oil

1 clove of garlic

1 large or two medium potatoes

fresh parsley to serve



Peel the potatoes and carrots, then chop the potatoes into quarters and slice the carrots into discs. Peel and chop the onion, garlic and chilli. Now that you’ve prepared all your veg, put a large saucepan on a medium heat with tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, put your onion and chilli in and cook for 5 minutes until the onion is soft. Then add the paprika and cook for a further 2 minutes.


Now add the carrots, beans and chopped tomatoes and stir together. Fill the empty tomato can with water and pour into the pan. Now put the lid on and simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put the potatoes into a small pan and just cover them with water, then put on a medium heat and cover with a lid.


Use a knife to test if the potatoes are soft, once they are, drain away the water and mash with about 20g of butter, the garlic clove and salt and pepper. Take the lid off of the beans, stir through to make sure that the sauce has thickened and test the carrots with a knife to check they are cooked through. To serve, spoon your mash into a bowl and ladle the beans on top and sprinkle with parsley. Really simple and delicious!

f you happen to try any of the recipes I post on my blog, please feel free to tweet them to me at @b_louella or use #beankitchenblog on instagram!

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