Stewed Butter Beans

Butter beans are one of the most versatile and hearty legumes in the pantry. When cooked right, they have a melt-in-your-mouth quality and really do have a creamy and buttery texture. If you’ve never tried them before, this easy stewed butter bean recipe is a good place to start!

In just 6 steps you can enjoy stewed butter beans for a stick-to-your-ribs meal or side. Fresh sprigs of thyme and the robust flavors of oxtail seasoning lend a rich flavor to the stew, while creamy butter beans give a substantial and filling bite.

Ready In Twenty

If you’re familiar with my other recipes you’ll know that I use my Easy Marinara Sauce as the base for many recipes. These butter beans are no exception! I’ll be using 2 cups of marinara sauce for this dish (another reason to make my marinara sauce: Hearty Vegan Meatloaf).

We’ll be simmering the butter beans in a sauce for around 20 minutes. Giving it time to absorb the tasty herbs and spices as it stews.

Treating butter beans with care during cooking will ensure that they are packed with flavor, all while keeping their delicate nature intact. When the beans are simmering, try to not over-stir the beans as it might make the bean shell burst. The aim is to let the stew infuse the butter beans with flavor as it softens.

stewed butter beans served in white bowl
Stewed butter beans in a hearty tomato sauce.

Cooking the stew on too high of a heat will break the beans apart and turn it to more of a paste. Simmering the stew on a lower heat will keep the beans tender.

These stewed butter beans are a great substitute in meals that call for meat or vegan meats. Need other ideas of how to eat these stewed butter beans? Try them stuffed in tacos shells, smushed between bread in a sandwich or tossed into a salad.

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