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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turnbullrobson
10th Jul, 2015
5.05
Really easy to make and tasty. I added more meatballs than recommended but used the same amount of other ingredients to stretch to 4 portions.
MrsBarnshaw
1st Jul, 2015
5.05
Absolutely phenomenal, really tasty and filling. I added a couple of anchovies in the sauce and some tomato paste for extra flavour, and finished it with half a lemon. We had this with toasted whole meal pittas. Just amazing!
lauramacl
3rd Jun, 2015
5.05
One of our favourites! I have made this several times, i usually add an extra pepper and extra meatballs and stretch it to four portions. Have found turkey mince also goes well if you fancy something a bit leaner. I often leave to simmer for 30mins or so before adding the beans etc and it is always fine for it A handy dish for adding extra veg that needs using up (courgettes, tomatoes and aubergine especially). Usually serve with bread though find it is hearty enough on its own too.
catie74
2nd Jun, 2015
Quick and easy hit with the kids. I added black olives and have served with rice or garlic bread
emilykate73
6th May, 2015
5.05
Really lovely and very easy to make! I substituted pork meatballs for beef and was really yummy :)
gemdugan
16th Apr, 2015
5.05
I've made this dish a couple of times and it is very tasty. I add chipotle paste, pearl barley and Heinz Tuscan Beans instead of butter beans.
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Bigspottedcat
13th Apr, 2015
4.05
Yum! Added cumin & garlic to the meatball mix. Added Harissa to the stew. Really delicious. I think it would love a few slices of chorizo to make it extra meaty. (ZERO CARBS AS WELL)
amy_natalia
14th Mar, 2015
5.05
We (my husband, two kids and I) all really enjoyed this dish. I added a few additional flavours in such as oregano and a bit of spice (after taking the kids out). Next time I am going to make with chickpeas instead of the beans to try something but it did work well with the beans :) Will certainly do again.
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alimat
8th Feb, 2015
4.05
Nice tasty dish, easy to make. I made it with quorn 'meat'balls, added them when I added the tomatoes as I'm veggie which worked well. Didn't find it watery, probably the key is to use good quality chopped tomatoes so they come with a thick sauce. Found it made 4 portions, not 3.
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tracieah
8th Feb, 2015
Made this last night and it's about to become a regular family favourite. Noted that Obe person complained about the meatballs being tasteless so added sone garlic , cumin and a few mixed herbs to the mince before making. Used a slightly bigger pack of mince as feeding two teenagers With this. Used a tin of mixed beans as had no butter beans. Went down a treat. All the family loved it - very tasty and filling. I served it with a spot if rice but next time will just serve it with a hunk if bread. Lovely !!!!

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