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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23rd Aug, 2016
We love this! It's such an easy and comforting meal. Have made it several times and always add a bit of red wine to it for some more depth in flavor.
14th Jun, 2016
This was lovely, although I did change it a little. Just one tin of tomatoes, because I thought 2 would drown out the flavours, cannellini beans instead of butterbeans, and a pinch of fennel seeds. Will definitely make again.
1st Apr, 2016
The little one liked it but we found it horrible. This may be because I used dried beans and should have allowed longer to cook them. Doh. Even so the sauce tasted nice to begun with but by the end we both agreed it wasn't that nice.
Norma. mackey
8th Mar, 2016
So easy! So delicious! Kids devoured it ....will become a regular favourite in our house with the children and adults alike!
6th Mar, 2016
Delicious and a winner in our house. I used beef instead or pork as it's cheaper, and added the paprika and herbs to the meat to flavour before cooking.
6th Mar, 2016
Delicious and a winner in our house. I used beef as it's cheaper than pork, and seasoned the meat with the paprika, etc, as it helped to flavour the meatballs before cooking.
6th Feb, 2016
Rumacooper. . .why would you add prawns to a meatball dish!!
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16th May, 2016
Pretty sure there is no prawns in the recipe
27th Jan, 2016
Very tasty and filling mid week meal, very easy to make, added to the list of favourites
12th Jan, 2016
So delicious and so healthy! Doesn't need added sugar at all. Goes very well with rice, mash or chips - depending on what you're in a mood for.


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