The BBC Good Food logo
Vegetarian bean pot with herby breadcrumbs in a bowl

Vegetarian bean pot with herby breadcrumbs

A star rating of 3.3 out of 5.17 ratingsRate
Magazine subscription – your first 5 issues for only £5!
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Get five of your 5-a-day in one hit with this vegetarian bean pot topped with breadcrumbs. It's bursting with nutrients, low in calories and packed with flavour

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
low inkcal446


  • 1 slice crusty bread
  • ½ small pack parsley leaves
  • ½ lemon , zested
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2 leeks , rinsed and chopped into half-moons
  • 2 carrots , thinly sliced
  • 2 celery sticks , thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb , thinly sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • few thyme sprigs
  • 150ml white wine
  • 400g can cannellini beans , drained


  • STEP 1

    Toast the bread, then tear into pieces and put in a food processor with the parsley, lemon zest, ½ tbsp olive oil, a good pinch of salt and pepper and the chilli flakes, if using. Blitz to breadcrumbs. Set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add the leeks, carrots, celery and fennel along with a splash of water and a pinch of salt. Cook over a medium heat for 10 mins until soft, then add the garlic and tomato purée. Cook for 1 min more, then add the thyme and white wine. Leave to bubble for a minute, then add the beans. Fill the can halfway with water and pour into the pot.

  • STEP 3

    Bring the cassoulet to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 15 mins before removing the thyme sprigs. Mash half the beans to thicken the stew. Season to taste, then divide between bowls and top with the herby breadcrumbs to serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2018

Goes well with


Comments, questions and tips

Rate this recipe

What is your star rating out of 5?

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Overall rating

A star rating of 3.3 out of 5.17 ratings

Sponsored content