Mabes Makes: Spiced Butter Beans

by Mabel Lloyd

A delicious spiced bean brunch recipe, perfect for a weekend treat when you have time to make a little bit more effort but still want to keep it simple! 


  • 1 tin of beans (butter beans or canellini beans work best!)
  • 2 - 3 medium sized on the vine tomatoes - cut into small pieces 
  • 1 white onion finely sliced 
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1tsp cumin seeds 
  • 1tsp paprika 
  • 1tsp five spice 
  • 1 tsp coriander 
  • Wedge of lemon (optional)


1. In a saucepan, cook the onion and garlic in a glug of oil until softened 

2. Add the cumin seeds for one minute, then add the remaining spices 

3. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes

4. Add the chopped tomatoes and drained beans and season with salt and pepper

5. Cook for approximately 5 minutes and then crush the beans using a masher. I usually crush about half the mix to allow for some texture 

6. Cook for a further 5 minutes until the tomatoes have reduced and created a delicious sauce 

7. Stir in salt and pepper and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice 

8. Serve on thick toast with fresh herbs, like parsley or chives


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