Spanish meatball & butter bean stew

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(142 ratings)

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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Yanstonlass
27th Jan, 2016
Very tasty and filling mid week meal, very easy to make, added to the list of favourites
martus
12th Jan, 2016
5.05
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.
midnightstud
10th Jan, 2016
Wont let me rate recipe, but Id give 4 out of 5! Added cumin and olived as suggested in the comments and used chickpeas instead of butterbeans as I didnt have any. I really liked this, made it as a 'bolognase' as Im too lazy for meatballs! So I only used 200g of chickpeas and served with spaghetti. Ill definately do this again as its great as it is but also has loads of scope for tweaking :-)
satch22
4th Jan, 2016
Add 1/2 a glass of red wine to the sauce to give it a bit of depth....
jeanius
13th Dec, 2015
5.05
Absolutely delicious. Needs more meatballs but this was a good wholesome, tasty meal.
abroekman
12th Nov, 2015
Other than using half & half instead of pork mince, followed the recipe to the letter. Bursting with flavor, absolute winner. As we had a gluten free diner served with mash (tried 5 bakers, no GF bread), worked fine, too.
rumercooper
1st Oct, 2015
5.05
Tried this tonight but added a bit of Soy, some favour veggies, prawns and had it with rice. It was delicious. Great share, now one of my favourite dinners!!
amyla85
24th Sep, 2015
3.05
Made as per recipe - needs something extra - not enough depth of flavour/umami - salt alone doesn't fix this. Note some have added anchovies - this would have helped, ditto Olives. Think I would try adding rosemary, woustershire sauce, or seaweed if I had it! Like the idea of adding veggies which need using up also - courgettes would be yummy. OK but needs tweaks.
rumercooper
1st Oct, 2015
5.05
I used vegetables (baby corns, Broccoli, green beans) and added Soy Sauce, and prawns, it added a lot of depth to the flavour if that's something you'd give a try :)
Helr434
15th Aug, 2015
5.05
Tasty dish and very easy to prepare, will make again. After reading comments I added anchovies to sauce & mixed herbs to meatballs which worked well

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