Bean & halloumi stew served in a bowl

Bean & halloumi stew

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(70 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2

Use a can of mixed beans to make this tomato-based veggie stew with halloumi. Make it in just 25 minutes for a quick and easy midweek supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • stew only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal468
  • fat25g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre14g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.9g


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, thinly sliced



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  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp red chilli, sundried tomato pesto or vegan alternative
  • 1 heaped tsp ground coriander
  • 400g can mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ x 250g block halloumi, sliced



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  • ½ small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • garlic bread, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and pepper, along with a pinch of salt and fry for 10 mins or until softened. Add the garlic, pesto and ground coriander, and cook for 1 min. Tip in the beans and tomatoes along with ½ can of water, then bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 10 mins.

  2. Add the remaining oil to a separate frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the halloumi for 2 mins on each side or until golden brown.  

  3. Taste the beans for seasoning, then spoon into deep bowls. Top with the halloumi and scatter over the chopped coriander. Serve with garlic bread, if you like.

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21st Jul, 2020
This is the best veggie recipe I have found online. It is absolutely delicious, so quick and easy to make and everyone in the family enjoys it including my young daughter. The coriander works so well with it and gives it the kick it wouldn't have otherwise. And the grilled halloumi is amazing. Served with some nice crusty bread it is a great midweek meal and healthy too! Perfect!
16th Jul, 2020
Great recipe for a quick and tasty dinner. I didn't have the chilli pesto so I used a teaspoon of chilli flakes and a bit of tomato puree and some extra ground coriander. I also doubled the halloumi as it's SO good! The previous commenter clearly just isn't a halloumi fan! This is a delicious way to serve it. Recommended.
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Alister Malcolm
13th Jul, 2020
It feels like this was made by someone who isn't vegetarian and were looking to substitute beef and had kind of heard of what halloumi was so thought they'd chuck together a recipe for us. In terms of the 'chilli' element when cooking to the proportions listed leaves this very bland. Even with tasting it and adding, it still doesn't really do much because it's a stew, which is primarily down to meaty flavour. If it was a chilli con carne it would work obviously as that requires more spices etc. but as a stew, no. I've made successful casseroles with vegetarian sausages which is similar in construction, but the sausage element add taste and you can get premixed casserole seasoning which is vegetarian. It isn't so watery as this needs to be in order to be a stew, which the meaty juices would usually flow into and create the flavour. The halloumi, just doesn't go, at all. It's a ridiculous thing to add. It doesn't work. I don't understand why this was added.
1st Jul, 2020
better than chilli con carne. I used ordinary pesto and added lots of Tabasco which gave it a smokey flavour. Used sourdough toast for the garlic bread ( see Garlic Bread Toasts recipe in BBC Good Food). All excellent!
8th Jun, 2020
This was only ok it was a bit bland it could have done with something to kick it up a notch.
11th Feb, 2020
So so good. Tasty and healthy. Best thing is that you can have the bean stew done early in the day and just heat as you are cooking the cheese. A keeper. Did add an extra pepper
Frantic Flapjack
27th Jan, 2020
Yes - it's a good one. Quick to make and a lovely flavour. I added a chopped stick of celery in with the onion and stirred some fresh chopped basil in at the end. Would definitely make again.
21st Jan, 2020
Such a homely meal! We had some things to use up so added some chopped celery and fried pancetta pieces, absolutely gorj!
Charlie Cosh
16th Jan, 2020
Really tasty, makes meat free Monday a real pleasure. Nice thick tomato sauce complemented brilliantly by the halloumi. Some crusty or garlic bread and its a quick and tasty treat.
10th Jan, 2020
We really enjoyed this! I added some dried thyme and basil and we served it with some crusty bread. It makes a quick, easy and tasty mid-week dinner.
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19th Jun, 2020
Really tasty with some adjustments. When cooking the onions and garlic add: 1/2 TBSP smoked paprika, 1/2 TSP cumin powder, 1/2 TSP oregano and chicken broth when including the tomato sauce. Definitely will become a staple in our home.
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