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All Recipes, Main Dishes / March 22, 2023

Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans | Healthy & Delicious 20 Minute Recipe

Sometimes you run into recipes that are so easy to make and come together so quickly, that they become a staple in your household. These Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans are just that. They´re packed with flavors, effort-less to put together and all done in just 20 minutes.

Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans
You can serve these delicious beans as a main course next to a crunchy baguette or even as a side dish. They work great next to some grilled fish. Either way, enjoy this dish next to a bottle of Spanish red wine for the ultimate experience.

Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans
To make this recipe I used canned butter beans (aka large lima beans). Just to make things easier and quicker. Of course you can also use dried butter beans if you like. Just soak them in plenty of water overnight and then simmer the following day for 1 to 2 hours or until tender.

Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You can make this dish ahead of time. Just store it in an air-tight container and add into the fridge. It will hold for up to 5 days. To reheat, just add back into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes or add into the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.

Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans

Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans
5 from 4 votes

Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 303 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 1 gram
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil .50 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 grams
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 14.5 oz / 410 grams each
  • 2 cans butter beans (large lima beans) 15.5 oz / 440 grams each
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 oz spinach 150 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • grated Manchego cheese


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic and finely chop the carrot (peeled)

  3. Add the vegetables into the pan with the hot olive oil, mix continuously, after 4 minutes and the onions are translucent, add in the dried oregano, basil and thyme, give it a mix, then add in the canned diced tomatoes, the canned butter beans (drained & rinsed), the chopped fresh parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together and then simmer without mixing

  4. After simmering for 5 minutes, add in the spinach, then place a lid on the pan and continue to simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes, then remove the lid and gently mix together so the spinach is well mixed into the beans, remove from the heat

  5. Transfer into a large serving dish and top off with a kiss of finely grated Manchego cheese, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Tomato & Garlic Butter Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 1074mg47%
Potassium 1188mg34%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 6295IU126%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jeff H

    Great recipe…healthy, tasty, and fast!

    Tip- if you are having trouble finding butter beans in a US grocery store, they usually aren’t with the canned or dried packaged beans. I have found dried in the bulk section and canned in the ‘imported foods’ section.

    ¡Te agradezco por tus recetas!

    15 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! Great tip too!! Much love 🙂

      16 . Feb . 2024
  2. Angie H

    5 stars
    I made this last night using the last of some cherry tomatoes from the garden. It was so good. Fast and easy, too.

    19 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      19 . Sep . 2023
  3. Oly F

    5 stars
    Another great low cost, low calorie, healthy recipe. Keep up the good work!

    16 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      17 . Jul . 2023
  4. Peale

    Splendid and simple.

    30 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      01 . May . 2023
  5. Mary C

    5 stars
    made it tonight with yourseared cod recipe. ! Yummalicious !!
    dry run for dinner with vegetarian friends .

    27 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      28 . Mar . 2023
  6. Anne

    Made this yesterday. Wonderful! I did add some diced red pepper as I needed to use it up and some red pepper flakes. Definitely a winner and I will make it again. Thanks!

    27 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      28 . Mar . 2023

    5 stars
    OH MY GOODNESS! I’m making this TODAY! I’m SURE I can already give it 5 STARS!
    I only just recently discovered you on youtube and have been finding OH SO MANY awesome recipes! Thank you!

    24 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Hope you enjoy! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      25 . Mar . 2023
  8. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan cheese i never had tomato and garlic butter beans before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    22 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      23 . Mar . 2023

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