Saturday, 3 April 2010

Bean and Potato Stew

This is a quick side dish which just requires a bit of chopping and then can sit bubbling away on a hob while you prepare the rest of the meal.


  • 5 small to medium sized potatoes, washed and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced into 3mm slices
  • 150g frozen green beans (or fresh if you're lucky enough for it to be the season for them)
  • 1 vegetable stock cube


  1. Place the potatoes in a pan and fill with just enough water to cover the tops of them.
  2. Heat on a high heat until the water starts to simmer.
  3. Reduce the heat so that the pan is just simmering and leave it for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic, vegetable stock and the beans when the 10 minutes is up.
  5. Leave for a further 10 minutes, stirring well after 5 minutes.
  6. If some of the potatoes haven't started to fall apart then leave it to simmer for a bit longer. You want some of the potatoes to still have their shape, but for others to have made a thick sauce around the beans and potatoes.
  7. Serve immediately as otherwise too many more potatoes will lose their shape.
Serves 2.

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