Gigante beans on toast

This is hands down one of my favourite brunch dishes! If you have cooked butter (gigante) beans handy – I usually have portions of cooked beans in the freezer – this is a cinch to make. Enjoy either on its own with a side of crunchy greens, or with a crispy fried egg.



1 small’ish red onion

large pinch of sea salt

pinch of dried chilli flakes, depending on your heat tolerance

1 teaspoon smoked paprika powder

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

250g cherry tomatoes, halved

250ml chopped tomatoes with the juices (either use half a 400g can of tomatoes or chop fresh ones)

a few large spoonfuls of cooked beans


  1. Gently sweat the onion in some olive oil or butter with the salt, chilli flakes and paprika.
  2. Add the thyme leaves and cherry tomatoes and cook over a medium heat until the tomatoes have softened.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until the juices have reduced and thickened.
  4. Stir in the cooked butter beans and serve as soon as they are heated through.

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