Bean & pesto mash

Bean & pesto mash

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
Substitute potatoes with pulses for a healthy alternative mash with a chunky texture

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal183
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre7g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.84g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle to serve (optional)
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

    can-a-leen-ee been

    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • 2 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the beans and cook for 3-4 mins until hot through. Lightly mash with a potato masher for a chunky texture. Stir through the pesto and season. To serve, drizzle with a little olive oil, if you like.

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1st Dec, 2019
Make sure to use Vegetarian Pesto. Not all available are due to the hard cheese they use.
27th Sep, 2015
Lovely! I used butter beans and vegan pesto. Delish.
21st May, 2015
Really quick and easy, tasty too. I'm planning on experimenting with different flavours, maybe whole-grain mustard with sausages. Also wondering if it could be used as an alternative to a mash potato topping on a pie.
16th Apr, 2016
Try horseradish too. Great as a topping for cottage pie
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30th Apr, 2014
This is wonderful, a great alternative to potato, and very easy to make in a short space of time from basic store cupboard ingredients.
10th Feb, 2014
Although it doesn't look particularly appetising, it's delicious! I made it with a home made pesto to make it truly from scratch. Yum!
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