Lemon & parsley butter beans

Lemon & parsley butter beans

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Give your meal a Mediterranean twist with this zesty, low-fat side dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal134
  • fat4g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre6g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.29g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 1 large onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 large or 2 small bunches parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and cook for 10-15 mins until soft. Add the garlic for the final min, then stir in the beans to heat through. Add the lemon zest and juice. Stir in the parsley to serve.

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6th Apr, 2020
Flavoursome and easy to prepare. Initially, I prepared the dish as is and found it a bit bland. This changed with added sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and additional ‘soaking time’ (approx 30 mins).
6th Dec, 2015
I tripled the recipe to serve 15 people as part of a buffet. None left but definitely needs a good amount of seasoning
9th Aug, 2011
13th Mar, 2011
I made this to serve alongside some salmon and the lemony flavours worked really well. I was a bit concerned that my husband wouldn't be keen as he's not a fan of parsley but it went down very well.
14th Feb, 2011
I've made this several times. It is so quick and easy. Makes a delicious side dish. Is best with a good amount of parsley, and I add a little extra lemon to taste and of course - seasoning is a must!!
26th Jan, 2011
Hardcore carnivores found it lacking in salt and (-imagine a very, very unenthusiastic tone of voice-) "very healthy". I loved it though. Will make again.
19th Jan, 2011
Super easy and very, VERY good! Made this today for lunch as a side dish for the chicken kiev. Couldn't be happier! I'm not sure I used the same beans, as the beans I bought, as a result of translating "butter beans" to portuguese, are brown and not white... Anyway, adored it, I definitly recomend you try it with the chicken kiev and I will definitly be making that combo again!
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