Butterbean and fresh herb spread

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This makes a great alternative to hummus and is lovely spread on warm toast. For a healthy snack, try the spread with celery stalks.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 x 14 oz (400g) tinned butterbeans
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and saute the onion for a few minutes. Add the tomato to the pan. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  2. Drain the beans and put them into a bowl. Mash them coarsely and add to the saucepan, stirring well.
  3. Season to taste, cook for a minute or two, then remove from the heat.
  4. Mix in the fresh herbs then turn into a shallow bowl. Leave to cool then chill in the fridge.
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