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Butter Bean Mash with a Spoon

Butter Bean Mash

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Creamy and versatile, this butter bean mash is packed with fibre and quicker and easier to prepare than standard potato mash. 

The default recipe serves 2 as a moderate side or 1 as a very substantial side. Nutrition information is based on 2 servings. 


  • 400g / 15oz tin of butter beans
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 brown or white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 56 chives, thinly sliced


  1. Drain the butter beans in a colander and rinse well. 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the onions and gently fry until softened – around 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for a further minute. 
  3. Add the beans to the pan along with the water. Season well and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  4. Use an immersion blender to blitz the beans into a smooth paste. You can alternatively transfer to a food processer (you may have to work in batches). 
  5. Stir the chives into the mash and season to taste, if needed.


  1. If you want to use dried beans and cook them first then you will need around half the weight of beans. The drained weight of a 400g/15oz can is around 250g/9oz. Therefore you’ll need around 125g/4.5oz of dried beans.
  2. You may want to season the beans a little more than you would usually as they are fairly bland. 
  3. Leftovers can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly and reheat cold portions on the hob/stove or in the microwave. You may need to add a splash of water to loosen it.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Hob / Stove
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 160
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 8.5g

Keywords: mash, vegetables, vegetarian, vegan, side, beans