Smoky butter beans & greens

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
This reassuringly simple dish is packed full of wholesome, smoky flavours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal321
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre5g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.67g
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  • 200g brown rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed or olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 200g spring greens or chard (trimmed weight), washed and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 400g can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • natural yogurt, to serve (optional)


  1. Rinse the rice in cold running water until it runs clear. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, cook the rice for 20-25 mins, then drain.

  2. Place a wide, lidded pan over a medium heat with 2 tbsp oil. Add the greens, salt and pepper and cook, with the lid on, stirring frequently, until the greens are lightly steamed and wilted, about 4-5 mins. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, then add the butter beans and cook, stirring, until heated through. Add the remaining oil, then the cumin seeds and smoked paprika. Stir until evenly combined and serve over the cooked rice with a dollop of yogurt, if you like.

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Comments (25)

fayemarissa's picture

Really enjoyed this!

Brighton Girl's picture

This is a brilliant simple mid week vegan meal. Used standard paprika, swapped chard for kale and left out the yoghurt. Didn't find it was dry as other comments have warned of. Definitely not a show stopper but will definitely be having this quick and easy dinner again.

dragonfly22's picture

I love food and love eating a wide variety of flavours but this was unquestionably awful. It

annahorvath's picture

We had it with bulghur instead of rice (didn't have any) and it was a very satisfying midweek lunch. Easy, simple and tasty: an absolute winner!

lepetitparfait's picture

this was awful, really dry not really any flavour at all. Tried extra seasoning & lemon juice but to no avail. Ended up getting rid of it and settling for pesto pasta instead- not good!

dhtwatkins's picture

Liked this. The smoked paprika is essential I think for a kind of smoky barbecue chilli effect. Found it in a big Tesco.

paulacw's picture

Tasted interesting -I used curley kale-but really dry-wouldn't do it again :(

majorracal's picture

I agree with Audreyjm, the smoked paprika is essential. If you can't find it in in your regular shops, try a deli or online shop, but be wary of paying over the odds. If you can get one of the good quality oak smoked Spanish brands that come in the little tins it really makes a big difference - I find the hot variety a little overwhelming, the sweet or bittersweet varieties work best for me.

audreym29's picture

Surpringly tasty given some of the other comments. I'd say you can't really substitute the smoked paprika with normal as the smoked paprika makes all the difference - I used the hot variety as I like it spicy. I made this almost exactly to the recipe, although with a bit more garlic, double the cumin and a smidgen more smoked paprika. I also had it with natural yoghurt and I'd recommend that, made a big difference too and really rounded out the meal.

Definitely wouldn't say this serves four, but I made this amount serve 2 (but with half the rice) and it was actually quite filling.

Recommended for a different midweek meal.

emmalouisecherry's picture

I wasn't too sure what this recipe was going to be like after reading all the previous comments, so doubled up the garlic and spices and added some lime juice and put some soy sauce on the table, and it was very tasty indeed! Very simple but full of flavour.

woobytuesday's picture

My boyfriend cooked this last night and it was delicious. Just the right amount of smokey and spicy and I didn't find it too dry at all. We had a squeeze of lemon juice in the greens and the yogurt moistened things up nicely. We're having it again soon. I agree it wouldn't serve four people though - we easily finished it between the two of us without feeling at all stuffed.

eleanormayo's picture

rather bland and disappointing to be honest - even though I added stock and a healthy dash of worcestershire sauce. Wouldn't really bother with again.

forestnuter's picture

Quick, simple and tasty. This made enough for two people over two nights

gelid_girl's picture

This is a very simple dish - greens, butter beans and paprika mixed together and warmed. It is dry but also fairly tasty and feels very wholesome, especially with the brown rice. I mixed garlic and fresh herbs into the yoghurt for a bit more flavour and for a mid-week supper it was fine for me and my boyfriend. Not the kind of thing I'd cook for other people though.

bigoldbird's picture

My boyfriend chose the recipe, I wasn't so sure especially after reading previous comments. He was a little disappointed but I was bowled over! The thing to remember is that there isn't any sauce, once you accept that you will love it. I adored the balance of garlic, cumin and paprika. Like others I used standard paprika as no smoked paprika available locally. If you're after something simple and different give it a go.

twisties72's picture

Very nice and tasty. I made some changes, though. I couldn't get the smoked paprika so used normal paprika as well as hot paprika for some kick. It did look quite dry whilst cooking so I added a tin of chopped tomatoes. It turned out a very nice meal!

twisties72's picture

Very nice and tasty. I made some changes, though. I couldn't get the smoked paprika so used normal paprika as well as hot paprika for some kick. It did look quite dry whilst cooking so I added a tin of chopped tomatoes. It turned out a very nice meal!

naturalhabits's picture

If you are used to having your food smothered in sauces then this recipe will seem rather bland and dry to you. However, the combination of butterbeans and strong green veggies make it really interesting. You can taste the full flavours of the ingredients in this, which is not something you get when you drown everything in sauce. Then it all tastes like ... well, sauce!

To make a super-healthy and substantial meal out of this for two, I doubled up on the amount of veggies specified in the recipe. As I was out of chard by this point, I decided to use the leaves of the pak soi that I had lying in the fridge. This worked out very nicely and made a more substantial meal. The recipe as stated (without the rice) will make a decent one person portion, but certainly not four!

pochifiochi's picture

Nice and simple. This dish is not very fancy but is tasty and healthy. Great for a quick supper.

tallalex85's picture

Agree with the other comments that the recipe is a little dry. We added some lime juice and had plenty of yoghurt on the side.

Overall a delicious combination of flavours which works really well with the butter beans and greens.


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