Creamy butter beans with crispy crumbs

Creamy butter beans with crispy crumbs

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
This superhealthy side tastes deceptively indulgent

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal185
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre6g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.76g


  • 2 x 400g cans butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 100g light soft cheese with garlic and herbs
  • 2 tbsp snipped chives
  • 4 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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  1. Heat the butter beans in a small pan for 3-4 mins. Remove a quarter of them to a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth and creamy. Stir back into the rest of the beans in the pan with the soft cheese and chives, then heat for a few mins more until warmed through.

  2. Transfer to a small baking dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Drizzle over oil and flash under a hot grill for 1-2 mins until the crumbs are crunchy and golden.

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yorkshirejen's picture
26th Feb, 2014
Simple but effective, have enjoyed this sevral times. I sometimes add a softened onion to mine for sweetness, and add a bit of creme fraiche if it's looking dry.
3rd Jan, 2013
I am glad I didn't read any of the reviews on this quick and easy dish beforehand as I would have been put off by the comments on how dry and bland it was. I didn't find this because having cooked with tinned beans before I knew how quickly they dry out under a high heat so I kept the heat low. As my cream cheese had no garlic I added a fresh clove crushed into the pot. I jizzed up the breadcrumb topping with a little grated parmesan and fresh chopped parsley. Altogether it was very tasty.
29th Apr, 2012
Tip: this is bland as it is, but use a certain brands sundried tomato and basil soft cheese and it becomes a much nicer proposition. creme fraiche also does the trick!
27th Feb, 2012
I've had this bookmarked for yonks, and I'm afraid I'd have to agree with the other reviews. Dry and bland. Maybe if you doubled the amount of cream cheese, and perhaps added other cheeses in with it (like a grated hard cheese). There's definitely potential to make this yummy, but for me, it didn't work as is.
1st Feb, 2012
Quick and easy. Unfortunately thought it was a bit bland. I added mushrooms to mine, and some creme fraiche just to make it a bit more creamier and have more taste.
20th Nov, 2011
nice as a change from the norm did add extra cheese and a little of liquid from tin
17th Apr, 2011
Really quick and easy to make, great if you vary the flavours of the cheese. And to stop it being dry add about 50% more cheese than the recipe :)
30th Mar, 2011
This wasn't very creamy at all, more dry and cloying. Not sure where we went wrong. On the bright side, it was quick.
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