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Magic Bean Stew

A fun magic bean stew your children are sure to love!
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Course: Main
Author: delicious. magazine, July 2011


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 2 bacon rashers cut into thin matchsticks
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 400 g can mixed beans rinsed and drained
  • 400 g can kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • Flat-leaf parsley leaves to serve


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, celery, garlic and bacon, stirring, for 6-8 minutes until onion is soft and bacon is crisp. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add potatoes, chopped tomatoes, stock and sugar, season with salt and pepper, then simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and the sauce is slightly thickened. Add beans and simmer for 3-5 minutes until heated through.
  • Divide stew among six bowls, top with parsley leaves and serve.