Greek Style Tomato and Bean Stew

  This is a delicious, one pot, vegetarian dish which can be scaled up to feed a crowd. It also improves once cooked if left for a while before eating.

Health Benefits  -  high in fibre and protein

This stew contains a glorious mix of vegetables which are known to promote gut health. Eating a diverse range of plant foods increases the variety of beneficial microbes in the gut. Gut microbes are key to supporting many aspects of human health including immune, metabolic and neurological functions. Olive oil can have positive effects on gut microbiota due to the high levels of polyphenols they contain. Bacteria in the gut can transform polyphenols into useful biologically active compounds that influence the body’s immune system and many other aspects of health. Research has shown eating a moderate amount of cheese can increase Bifidobacteria, which are known for their positive health benefits through their metabolic activities.

Preparation Time 45 minutes
Cooking Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g tins butter beans drained and rinsed
  • 300g green beans, ends trimmed
  • juice and zest of half a lemon
  • 150g crumbled feta
  • 30g pine nuts


  1. Place the onion in a large, wide pan and drizzle with a little olive oil.
  2. Sweat the onion for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Add the garlic, spices and herbs, reserving a little of the parsley to finish the dish.
  4. Turn up the heat and add the chopped tomatoes and tomato purée allowing the stew to come up to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the butter beans, green beans, lemon zest and lemon juice.
    Cook for a further 10 minutes.
  6. Cover the pan at this stage if you can otherwise stir to ensure the green beans cook through.
  7. Serve the tomato and bean stew in bowls with crumbled feta cheese, pine nuts and a sprinkling of parsley.

Alternative serving suggestion

Any green vegetable can be substituted for the green beans for example, broccoli spears or asparagus.

This dish can be part of a tapas style meal served with bowls of freshly cooked prawns or chicken.

Cooks tip

  1. Use 500g of chopped fresh tomatoes instead of tinned chopped tomatoes.
  2. Any leftovers from this dish can be eaten the following day as the flavours improve over time..

Alternative serving suggestion

Peas can be added to the dal instead of spinach

Aubergines can be substituted for the butternut squash

Serve as part of a meal with other side dishes such as aubergine curry or chicken curry


Per Serving (g)

Per 100 g

Calories (kcal/KJ)

535 / 2237

52 / 384


28 g

4,8 g


722 g

3,7 g

Saturated fat

6.7 g

1.1 g


47 g

8 g


13 g

2.2 g


20 g

3.4 g


500.5 mg

86 mg

Salt equivalent

1.3 g

0.22 g


Mains, Gluten Free, High in Protein

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