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Jan 02, 2023

Butter bean vegetable stew

This recipe, from IRT Catering Chef Phil Ucles, is the perfect winter warmer.


  • 25ml olive oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, peeled and diced
  • 1 leek sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 50ml dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • A few fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 200g chopped tomatoes
  • 200g drained butter beans
  • 100g baby leaf spinach
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • Handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and cracked pepper to taste
  • 25g parmesan cheese wedge


  1. Heat the oil in a deep pan or pot over a medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, leek, celery, potato and carrots, then fry for 5-8 minutes until softening.
  2. Stir in the wine, tomato purée and a few fresh rosemary sprigs and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock. Season and simmer for 15 minutes, then stir in the butter beans and cook for 10 minutes more.
  4. Stir in the spinach and chopped fresh parsley. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and then serve with natural yoghurt and oven-baked bread.

Any leftover stew, that hasn’t had cheese or yoghurt (dairy) added, can be frozen.

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