One pan butterbean and tomato ‘casserole’

Can of butterbeans becomes the basis for quick, and (somewhat) nutritious meal

This is my go to meal when there really is nothing in the fridge and I really can’t be bothered.

In the ideal world, every meal I make would be based on a big variety of fresh vegetables, but sometimes the fridge really is empty and no matter how long I stare nothing is going to appear. Meaning I need to open the pantry and stare in there! More often than not I have the ingredients for some version of this dish on hand.  It has so many variations, and you will see many of them in this blog! This is one of the most basic, e.g. not even garlic or canned tomatoes on hand.

I realise this lot of ingredients looks a bit (very!) sad, but as an alternative to nothing at all, cereal, toast or takeaway, it's a quick, easy, inexpensive meal. If you can find some form of greens to throw in, e.g. spinach or frozen peas all the better. In this instance, halfway through I remembered I had some kale (I know!) in the fridge, so I wilted that and mixed it through. A good reminder to read my own list of what to keep stocked in the freezer!


1.Saute onions in a small frypan. (It’s ideal to add 1 – 2 cloves of garlic, I just didn’t have any tonight)

2.Add 1 cup of passata or half a tin of canned tomatoes , 1 teaspoon of oregano (substitute basil, mixed herbs or thyme if preferred)

3.Simmer for 5 minutes, or until desired consistency, e.g. the longer you simmer it, the thicker the sauce becomes.

4.If available add any vegetables you want.  Put lid on pan and continue cooking for 1 – 2 minutes, then serve.

Click here the for a more detailed list of ingredients and precise instructions. Also see variations, ideas for taking it up a notch and related meals.

Ingredients to substitute

  • Substitute basil, mixed herbs or thyme for oregano
  • Add or substitute frozen peas, spinach or rocket if you don’t have kale

Take it up a notch

  • See links below for the tarted up versions, but even with this version if you wanted to add more vegetables to it, add some frozen peas or even add in a can of tuna for more protein.
  • To bulk it up or make it more filling, serve with rice, pasta or quinoa

Ideas for using leftover butter beans

Broccoli Soup


  • Butterbean casserole – version 2
  • Butterbean casserole – version 3
  • How to saute onions
  • How to chop onions