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Creamy Spanish Butter Beans

Creamy Spanish Butter Beans | Alubias Garrafón Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Resting Time 12 hours
Servings 2
Calories 481 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 grams
  • 1 cup dried butter beans 180 grams
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 grams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add 1 cup butter beans into a sieve, rinse under cold water, making sure to remove any debris or broken beans, add the beans into a lage bowl and fill with 4 cups (1 liter) cold water, let them sit overnight or between 8 to 12 hours

  2. Drain the beans back into the sieve, rinse under cold water and set aside

  3. Finely chop 1 onion, 1 carrot (peeled), 1 green bell pepper and roughly chop 4 cloves garlic

  4. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  5. After 2 minutes add in the chopped vegetables, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the butter beans and a generous 1/2 tsp dried thyme, mix together, then add in 5 cups (1200 ml) cold water and 1 bay leaf, turn up the heat to a high heat and bring to a boil, then place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat

  6. Once the beans are fully cooked through and have a creamy interior, about 1 1/2 hours (check package instructions on your beans), season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together, then remove from the heat

  7. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Spanish Butter Beans | Alubias Garrafón Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 1843mg53%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 5330IU107%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.