• 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • Handful of oregano or marjoram, chopped
  • 400g tin pinto, navy or cannellini beans, drained and well rinsed
  • 1000ml vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 750g squash, such as butternut, Crown Prince or onion, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm chunks
  • 200g French beans, trimmed and cut into 2cm pieces
  • 300g sweetcorn
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Super simple brilliant veg stew, this, one of those vegan meals that inexplicably tastes meaty, might be the beans and paprika. Simple so long as you have a knife sharp enough to do butternut squash. Careful when you chop it, slippery veg, that. Anyway, that’s what adds to the prep time on this one, peeling an’ chopping that there squash. I’d be generous with the paprika if you just have regular stuff, and with the seasoning, too. Stupidly nice dinner with a big hunk of bread, or full enough to be a lunch on its own. TASTY. Original recipe by that HFW bloke in his ‘River Cottage Veg Everyday’ book.

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 30 mins | Serves: 4-6
Nutritional info: Per 1/4 335kcal 51g carbs 10g fat 12g protein


Soften the onions and garlic for 5-10 minutes

add 3/4 of the oregano and the paprika, stir for a minute

Add the bay leaf, drained tinned beans, squash, stock, and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the squash is just getting tender

Then add the french beans and sweetcorn and simmer for 5 minutes more

Just as the green beans are ready, season very well (I used one and half tsp of salt and loads of pepper), add the last bit of oregano, and serve!

Very filling. Good stuff.