Recipe: Butterbeans with Spinach and Feta

One of the benefits of my kitchen reno is that my cookbooks are now on display, so I’m finding myself reaching for them much more often. As a result, I’m finding new favourite recipes in old favourite books! That’s where this butterbeans with spinach and feta recipe has come from, and it’s a real winner.

Butterbeans with Spinach and Feta | I Spy Plum Pie

This recipe is slightly tweaked from the one in Plenty – one of my absolute favourite cookbooks

Ingredients List

  • 2 cans butterbeans
  • 60g butter
  • 4tbs olive oil, plus a little extra for drizzling
  • 8 spring onions
  • 200g English spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 3tbs lemon juice
  • 100g feta
  • 2tsp sumac
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or dill


  1. Drain and rinse the butterbeans then pat dry
  2. Heat half the butter and oil in a fry pan, then cook half the butterbeans for a couple of minutes on each side, until lightly browned and blistered
  3. Remove and repeat with the remaining butter, oil and butterbeans
  4. Meanwhile, thinly slice the spring onions and spinach into strips and mince the garlic
  5. When the second batch of butterbeans are almost ready add the spring onions, spinach and garlic and toss to coat, Saute for a minute or two, then add the first batch of beans and toss
  6. Remove from the pan and season with salt, then leave to cool
  7. When ready to serve squeeze over the lemon juice, scatter over the feta and sprinkle with sumac. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and serve

Butterbeans with Spinach and Feta | I Spy Plum Pie

I love how simple this butterbeans with spinach and feta dish – it’s so quick to prepare but also SO tasty. I served it with some crusty bread and it made for an excellent weekend lunch, and the leftovers were equally good the next day!

Butterbeans with Spinach and Feta | I Spy Plum Pie

I use butterbeans in soups more than I usually do in salads, but with this dish now in my rotation I think they’re going to get to be the star more often now! They’re such a deliciously creamy bean, but lightly frying them is such an excellent way to prepare them. That Ottolenghi sure does know what he’s talking about!

Butterbeans with Spinach and Feta | I Spy Plum Pie

Are you a butterbean fan? How about giving these butterbeans with spinach and feta a try!

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1 Comment on Recipe: Butterbeans with Spinach and Feta

  1. Eve
    May 1, 2019 at 5:19 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m so curious about how butterbeans taste. Not sure why but I’ve never had them or come across them.
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