Spanish meatball & butter bean stew

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


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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  • 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



    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



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

  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)


  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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28th Mar, 2020
Super tasty and easy to make. Think the smoked paprika really makes this dish. Used 1 can of chopped tomatoes and 1 can of cherry tomatoes and only a tiny sprinkle of sugar (as I know it helps break down the tomatoes, but I didn't want the dish overly sweet). Served with Turkish bread. Will make again :)
4th Mar, 2020
Delicious. I added the sugar but when i tasted it i found it too sweet so compensated for it with sour- so used a spoon of balsamic vinegar which was great. Also added fennel and rosemary which worked really nicely.
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Bianca Bianchi
9th Sep, 2019
Not sure why this has 'only' got 4 stars... It's delicious!
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Jen Saxton
30th Aug, 2019
My husband who doesn't like tomato-based sauces thought this was delicious. I used extra pork and peppers, but only one tin of tomatoes. Recommend a little parmesan on top too.
sweetchillibangerzz's picture
1st Mar, 2019
always hard to eat your 5 a day let alone your 7 a day. this was interesting but wont be cokking again
29th Nov, 2018
Really nice, simple midweek meal. Really easy, managed to make it as I was putting away the groceries and dealing with 3 young kids. The only difference I made was to use beef mince because I don’t like pork mince and I simmered it for about 15-20 minutes instead of ten just to make it nice and thick. Definitely be making it again
1st Sep, 2018
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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5th Aug, 2018
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's gonna be delicious!
27th Mar, 2018
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!


25th Aug, 2015
Can this be adapted for a slow cooker?
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.
5th May, 2015
I am allergic to peppers. What would be a nice alternative in this recipe?
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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. 
26th Nov, 2014
How is this 4 of your 5 day?
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16th May, 2016
Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes and Beans
4th Mar, 2020
I added the sugar but when i tasted it i found it too sweet so compensated for it with sour- so used a spoon of balsamic vinegar which was great. Also added fennel and rosemary as i enjoy the favours with tomato based dishes and it which worked really nicely.
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