Plump and creamy when fully cooked, butter beans do in fact have a butterlike texture that is very appealing. Even though butter beans don’t have a ton of flavor, so they’re best when combined with the right spices, flavors, and vegetables. My butter bean recipe, although simple, pops with incredible flavors. Served as a side dish, or an entree, this butter bean recipe satisfies every savory craving you can imagine.
WHAT ARE BUTTER BEANS AND HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT FROM LIMA BEAN?
Believe it or not, butter beans and lima beans are the same beans! Butter beans are oval-shaped, larger than black or pinto beans, and slightly off-white in color. Straight from the can, they are slightly bland, yet tender and rich. Since butter beans naturally taste like butter, I often use them in recipes like my Butter Bean Mash with Easy No-Chicken Gravy. By mashing the cooked butter beans into plain cooked potatoes, an incredible flavor emerges, making the perfect healthy mashed potato recipe.
In order to make this butter bean recipe, I decided to enhance the buttery taste of the beans with onions, red bell peppers, tomatoes, kale, and an array of seasonings.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS DELICIOUS BUTTER BEAN RECIPE?
- Onion (white or yellow)
- Canned diced tomatoes
- Red bell pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Nutritional yeast
- Vegetable broth
- Nutritional yeast
- Saffron threads
- Butter beans
- Bay leaves
COOKING BUTTER BEAN RECIPE IN ONE-POT
No matter how busy I am, I love a recipe I can make in one-pot. Not only is this recipe easy to make, but there is only one pot to clean after cooking. Similar to other one-pot recipes, I cook the butter bean recipe ingredients in stages, beginning with the garlic, and onions, followed by the red peppers.
Next, I add the seasonings, canned diced tomatoes, as well as the butter beans and vegetable broth, reserving the kale until the end of the cooking process.
Once the main ingredients are added and combined, the flavors need to enhance and develop. In order to get the best results, I cover the pot and allow the butter beans to simmer for 30 minutes.
Then, after the mixture simmers and thickens, I add the chopped kale, so it wilts as it is stirred into the butter bean mixture.
Often, I serve this butter bean recipe with a salad and crusty bread or my favorite Oil-Free Vegan Garlic Cilantro Naan recipe.
As a side dish or an entree, this sassy recipe gives you all your beans and veggies in one bowl. So, the next time you are looking for a buttery and creamy bean recipe, give this butter bean recipe a try.
HERE ARE MORE BEAN RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE
- White Bean Chili
- Vegan Baked Beans
- Bean Salad
- Creamy White Bean Soup
- The Best Ultimate Vegan Lentil Black Bean Burrito Ever
- Curried Pinto Beans
- Crockpot Butternut Squash Pinto Bean Chili
- Veggie and Pinto Bean Quesadilla
- Vegan Meatloaf Meatless Lentils!
- Lentil Burgers
- Lentil Chili Recipe
- Vegan Lentil Tacos
- Red Lentil Curry Wrap
- Detox Lentil Vegetable Soup