Spanish meatball & butter bean stew

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 3

This hearty one-pot is full of Mediterranean flavour, with pork, red onion, peppers and smoked paprika - an impressive 4 of your 5 a day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal435
  • fat15g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre12g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 350g lean pork mince
  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 peppers, sliced, any colour will do
    Peppers

    Pepper

    pep-iz

    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can butter beans, drained
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • small bunch parsley, chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

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

  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Season the pork, working the seasoning in with your hands, then shape into small meatballs. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the meatballs and cook for 5 mins, until golden brown all over. Push to one side of the pan and add the onion and peppers. Cook for a further 5 mins, stirring now and then, until the veg has softened, then stir in the garlic and paprika. Stir everything around in the pan for 1 min, then add the tomatoes. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 mins.

  2. Uncover, stir in the beans, the sugar and some seasoning, then simmer for a further 10 mins, uncovered. Just before serving, stir in the parsley. Serve with crusty bread for dunking, if you like.

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chef7
1st Sep, 2018
5.05
I add 1 carrot quartered at the same time I add the pepper and onion. I sometimes do this without meatballs and then add chicken or chorizo 5/10 min from the end to the mix to heat up. I find this makes 3 portions. I serve it with rice normally but it could easily go with mashed or jacket potato.
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mrskipling
5th Aug, 2018
4.05
Very tasty and filling. I was pleased that the meatballs held together even without any egg or other binding agent. The tomato taste was a little over-powering so I added some Marmite to give a more savoury flavour. I also added sweetcorn. I will make this one again.
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Petro Robertov
5th Aug, 2018
Marmite and Sweetcorn?.....Pfft!.....OK. I'll try it with Jelly! and maybe some Bananas too..it's gonna be delicious!
amr9864
27th Mar, 2018
5.05
Delicious - thanks for all the previous advice. Used Heinz beans so didn't need sugar. Added the chorizo, balsamic and chilli flakes. Also added some Worcestershire sauce. Served with an onion bagel with garlic butter. Got a 5 star rating from my other half. Great, quick, filling, healthy supper!
ruaridhsmum
13th Feb, 2018
This is a nice weeknight dinner recipe! I used turkey mince as pork mince from the supermarket is too high in fat. I used less oil as they really don't need much, removed them from the pan to sautée the veg in the juices and deglazed with a little balsamic vinegar before adding the tomatoes. I also used hot paprika (as that's all I have in just now) and it added a nice little heat. Didn't add the sugar as I don't do refined sugar and it was delicious. Served up with crusty bread and broccoli stir fried with garlic and almonds. Even the 6 year old cleaned the plate
Vflexton
2nd Jan, 2018
5.05
Needed a hearty meal full of veg This hit the spot I added some chorizo and balsamic vinegar Also a fruity bread on the side Fabulous
NotDanDan
3rd Dec, 2017
5.05
Very good. I prefer to pay a little more attention to the meatballs as they as the star of this particular show. I use lean beef, but throw in lots of oregano and grated parmesan, as well as garlic powder and a generous amount of seasoning. I also prefer to use egg to bind them, refrigerate them and then cook them in the oven at 220 degrees c for about half an hour before adding them to the sauce. As for the sauce, a little red wine is always welcome. Some chilli might also be a nice touch but I haven't tried it yet. It definitely needs that sugar. I wonder what a small slab of dark chocolate might taste like!
jaynepearson
10th Feb, 2018
PS - might stir in some spinach right at the end for extra veg.
jaynepearson
10th Feb, 2018
Thank you for that - I was just wondering if I could spritz them with olive oil spray and bake in the oven. Trying to keep the fat content (and the mess in the kitchen) down, not that it is high in fat anyway. The lean beef is a good tip too! And I can have eggs with gay abandon! I also agree about the red wine and chilli - well, having completely rewritten the recipe with your suggestions, I'll have a go.
catie74
22nd Sep, 2017
I use half pork half beef mince, add olives and serve with garlic bread or rice

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smp123
25th Aug, 2015
Can this be adapted for a slow cooker?
crookestia
25th Jun, 2015
I really don't like any kind of beans. What would be a good alternative? or would it still taste as good without. Thank you.
Nikcola
5th May, 2015
I am allergic to peppers. What would be a nice alternative in this recipe?
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goodfoodteam
12th May, 2015
Hi Nikcola, we haven't tested this recipe using alternative ingredients so cannot guarantee perfect results, however you could try with courgettes or sliced aubergines. Perhaps leave out the smoked paprika too and try a teaspoon of ground cumin instead. Let us know how it turns out. 
Michelepat
26th Nov, 2014
How is this 4 of your 5 day?
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Yorkshirejulie
16th May, 2016
Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes and Beans
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