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Butter Bean Mash

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  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A herby butter bean mash with rosemary. Make this simple and vegan butter bean mash recipe in just a matter of minutes. It is inexpensive and nutritious.


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  • 30ml olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 rosemary, sprig
  • 480g cooked butter beans
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Preparation: Start by heating the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Sauté: Add the finely chopped onions, crushed garlic, and rosemary sprig. Fry gently until the onions are soft and caramelized.
  3. Add Beans and Stock: Stir in the butter beans followed by the vegetable stock. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Season: Drizzle in the fresh lemon juice. Stir well and remove the rosemary sprig.
  5. Blend: For a smooth texture, transfer the entire mixture to a food processor and blitz until you get a creamy consistency. For a chunkier mash, blend only half the mixture and then combine with the unblended half.
  6. Serve: Plate your butter bean mash as a delightful side dish. Pair with your main course and savor the flavors.


  • For those who prefer a more rustic feel, mashing the beans manually will give you a coarser texture. Adjust blending to suit your preference.
  • Two tins of cooked butter beans were used in this recipe.
  • Bean Variations: While this recipe uses butter beans, you can experiment with other types of beans like cannellini, navy, or even chickpeas. Each bean offers a slightly different texture and flavor.
  • Freshness Tip: If using fresh rosemary, ensure it's not too woody. Younger sprigs infuse the dish with better flavor.
  • Consistency Control: The amount of vegetable stock can be adjusted based on your desired consistency. Start with a little less than the recipe calls for, and add more as needed while blending.
  • Seasoning Adjustments: Feel free to adjust the amount of lemon juice, garlic, or even introduce other herbs and seasonings to suit your taste.
  • Storing & Reheating: Leftover butter bean mash can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, warm it on the stove with a splash of water or stock to maintain its creamy consistency.
  • Serving Ideas: This mash pairs wonderfully with grilled vegetables, roasted meats, or even as a base layer for a veggie bowl.
  • Vegan Friendly: This dish is naturally vegan. Ensure the vegetable stock used doesn't contain any hidden animal-derived ingredients.
  • Texture Tip: If mashing manually and finding it hard to get a smooth consistency, a splash of olive oil or a dollop of vegan butter can aid in achieving a creamier texture.
  • For the healthiest option that also turns out to be the quickest with the least amount of work, you can simmer the beans for 5 minutes in the vegetable stock before blending it. Essentially you turn it into a fat free mash!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pan fry
  • Cuisine: British