The perfect quick lunch or a simple midweek supper

These cheesy curried butter beans on toast are your new beans on toast.

Another great recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s that’s quick and easy.

And full of flavour.

With Christmas just around the corner and work intensifying as we come to the end of the year.

The last thing you need to be thinking about is complicated meals.

This is why I love this little recipe.

I always have tins and jars of butter beans, borlotti beans and chickpeas in my cupboard.

And they sit next to loads of tinned tomatoes.

This means I can always make a nice meal when I have had little time to think or do a food shop.

So, you can now push your back beans to the back.

Because this cheesy curried butter beans on toast is your new fave.

Cheesy curried butter beans on toast

Prep 10 min
Cook 15 min
Serves 2


1 green chilli, thinly sliced into rounds
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Salt and black pepper
2½ tbsp olive oil
25g ginger, peeled and finely grated
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mild curry powder
¼ tsp chilli flakes
200g jarred butter beans (drained weight)
60ml double cream
100g mature cheddar, roughly grated
2 large slices of sourdough


  1. Put the chilli, onion, vinegar and a tiny pinch of salt in a small bowl, stir to combine, then leave to soften and pickle while you get on with the rest of the dish.
  2. Put a tablespoon and a half of oil in a medium saute pan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ginger and garlic, and fry, stirring often, for 2 -3 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant.
  3. Add the spices, cook for 30 seconds, then stir in the butter beans, a quarter-teaspoon of salt and plenty of black pepper.
  4. Turn off the heat and leave to cool for five to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven grill to a high setting. Once the bean mix is cooled a bit, stir in the cream and cheese.
  5. Grill your sourdough for two minutes, flip it over and drizzle the untoasted sides with the remaining tablespoon of oil. (*or you could just toast the sourdough)
  6. Top with the butterbean mixture and grill for four to five minutes, until golden and bubbly.
  7. Spoon some of the pickled onion mixture over the top and serve.

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