White Bean Stew

Nourishing white bean stew, perfect for cold fall/winter days. It is simple to make and only requires one bowl. It’s kid-friendly, vegan and gluten-free, not to mention nutritious and budget-friendly at the same time.

Easy White Beans Stew Recipe that is vegan, gluten-free and budget-friendly

This simple white bean stew is a classic family recipe that has been around for generations. During the Second World War my grandma’s family didn’t have a great variety of foods to choose from, so white beans (alongside chickpeas) were regularly at the table.


  1. White beans – for this recipe I like to use skinless white beans that stores sell around here. They get cooked for about an hour (max) without having to pre-soak them first.  Plus skin-free beans do so much better for sensitive gut (like mine). However, use regular white beans or canned white beans for an even quicker dinner. Make sure to presoak dried beans in water overnight.
  2. Vegetable oil – I’ve used olive oil (extra virgin), but any vegetable fat will do.
  3. Onions – I’ve used regular white onion, but any type of onion goes well with beans.
  4. Carrots – one thing is certain for a European dish – carrots are best friends with onions and garlic. True fact!
  5. Red bell pepper – the red peppers (and paprika) are the secret weapon of this meal. They wrap around the beans, creating a dreamy sweetness no other vegetable can provide.
  6. Tomatoes – for this specific recipe, I’ve used ½ roasted canned tomatoes, but if you have juicy raw tomatoes, that’s even better.
  7. Spearmint – another secret ingredient for this traditional meal is fresh (or dried) spearmint. If you do not have the so called lamb mint on hand, a regular fresh mint is just as good. I highly recommend you do not skip that ingredient as it creates a unique taste for the beans.
  8. Salt and black pepper to taste.

NOTE: You can enrich the taste with some sun dried tomatoes, chicken broth, chili powder or sausage (for non-vegan version).


Preparing this vegan white beans stew is pretty easy, you need just one pot.

  1. Sauté onions, minced carrots and bell pepper in oil for a few minutes, until they become golden. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Add a tbsp. or two of water if needed.
  2. Add pre-soaked / skinless white beans, tomatoes and spices. Let them sauté for a minute while stirring, then add water (control the creaminess of the stew with the amount of added water).
  3. Bring to a boil and let simmer until white beans are completely cooked.
  4. Serve warm and add protein if desired (for non-vegan version).
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Simple White Beans Stew Recipe

Nutritious, creamy white beans stew that is budget-friendly, vegan, gluten-free and requires only one pot to make.
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine European


  • 2 cups white beans skinless/or pre-soaked
  • 1 red bell pepper minced
  • ½ can tomatoes or 2 raw
  • 1 onion head cleaned
  • 2 carrots peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil of choice
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp spearmint fresh (or just mint)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 6 cups of water or more as needed


  • Wash red pepper, carrots, garlic, onions and tomatoes (if using fresh) under cold water, peel well and chop into small pieces. If using canned tomatoes, add them with the white beans (step 3)
  • In a regular cooking pan (with lid) place olive oil, paprika and add the minced vegetables. Let simmer on low to medium heat until vegetables turn soft (approx. 5 min). Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Then, add white beans (presoaked/ skinless or canned) and water, stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium/low and let simmer until white beans and/or vegetables are cooked. Stir frequently and add more water as needed to reach desired creaminess.
  • 10 minutes before removing from stove top, add salt, black pepper and spearmint (mint).
  • Serve warm, topped with some hot paprika if desired (optional).


One pot; Nutritious; Vegan; Gluten-free; Kid-friendly;
1) It’s recommended to stir frequently (every 10 min per se) as white beans tend to stick easily to the bottom of the pan.
2) If using canned beans, cooking time will reduce drastically. The water quantity as well might need adjustment. In addition I would add 4 cans of beans to make a bigger meal. 
Keyword white beans
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