Butter beans, a storecupboard staple we can’t live without. Easy to cook, butter beans make a hearty dinner in no time at all. And we’ve got some delicious recipes courtesy of Waitrose.com to help you cook up a butter bean feast. Here’s 5 IDEAL recipes if you’re in the mood for butter beans.

AUBERGINE STEW WITH BUTTER BEAN PUREE

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Preparation time:10 minutes
  • Cooking time:15 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes
  • Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 15g pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium aubergine, cut into 2cm chunks
  • 2 small red onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 stick celery, thinly sliced
  • 350g tub essential Waitrose Tomato And Basil Sauce
  • 400g can essential Waitrose Butter Beans
  • 1 tbsp essential Waitrose Balsamic Vinegar
  • Torn basil or celery leaves, to sprinkle

METHOD

1. Heat a dry frying pan and lightly toast the pine nuts. Tip out onto a plate. Heat the oil in the pan and fry the aubergine, stirring frequently for 5 minutes until it starts to colour. Add the onions and fry for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the celery and tomato and basil sauce and cook gently for 5 minutes more.

2. Drain the beans, reserving 100ml of the liquid. Blend the beans, liquid and seasoning in a processor until smooth. Scrape out into a small saucepan and heat gently for 1-2 minutes until hot.

3. Stir the balsamic vinegar into the tomato sauce and add a dash of boiling water if it has lost its juiciness. Spoon the bean purée onto serving plates, top with the stew and serve scattered with the pine nuts, basil or celery leaves.

Cook’s tipThis vegan recipe is great as it is, or for a more substantial tasting bean purée, try whizzing in 1-2 tablespoons of cashew butter before heating through.

GOAT’S CHEESE AUBERGINES WITH PEA & BEAN CRUSH

  • Vegetarian
  • Preparation time:5 minutes
  • Cooking time:10 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes
  • Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 aubergine, sliced thinly into 8
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 190g pack fresh Waitrose Popped Garden Peas
  • 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 2 tbsp half fat crème fraÎche
  • 125g pack Waitrose British soft Goat’s Cheese

METHOD

1. Brush the aubergine slices with oil and season. Griddle in 2 batches for 2-3 minutes each side or until softened and golden. Wrap in foil to keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, cook the peas and butter beans in boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain and coarsely crush with half the mint, the crème fraÎche and seasoning.

3. Mix the remaining mint into the goat’s cheese and spread onto the aubergines. Roll up each one up, and serve with the pea and butter bean crush.

WATERCRESS & BUTTERBEAN PASTA

  • Vegetarian
  • Total time:15 minutes
  • Serves: 2
  • 1 of your 5 a day
  • Source of fibre 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 150g whole wheat penne
  • 100g bag watercress
  • 100g Italian ricotta
  • 200g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 50ml semi skimmed milk
  • 25g toasted pine nuts

METHOD

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water for 11-13 minutes until tender. Drain and return to the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, place the watercress, ricotta, butter beans and milk in a food processor and blitz until a coarse paste is formed.
  3. Season well and stir into the pasta, along with the pine nuts, and heat through.

CHICKEN & BUTTER BEAN STEW

  • Total time:45 minutes
  • Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 800g pack essential Waitrose British Chicken Thighs
  • 2 carrots, thickly sliced
  • 2 leeks, thickly sliced
  • 2 sticks celery, thickly sliced
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 400g can essential Waitrose Butter Beans, drained
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C, gas mark 7.

2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the chicken thighs for 5 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Transfer to a lidded ovenproof casserole and place in the oven, uncovered, for 5 minutes while you cook the veg.

3. Meanwhile, fry the vegetables in the same frying pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to the casserole dish, then add the stock, beans and thyme. Season, to taste.

4. Cover the casserole and cook in the oven for 30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and no pink meat remains. Serve in bowls with crusty bread (optional).