Silky Beans Purée

How to make a Silky Beans Purée.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 1 lb dried butter beans
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. The previous night, soak the butter beans in water, or at least for 5-6 hours.
  2. Drain and peel, discarding the peels.
  3. Cook the beans in a pot of water with the thyme sprig until tender or mushy.
  4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan heat the vegetable oil and cook onion and garlic until very tender.
  5. Add tomato and continue cooking over medium high heat.
  6. Add to the pot with the butter beans, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until very creamy.
  7. If you want a silky texture, use an immersion blender or pass everything through a food mill.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve with meat, poultry, vegetables or rice.
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