Lentil & Mushroom Stew on Butter Bean Mash Recipe

It’s National Vegetarian Week from 10 – 15 May!

National Vegetarian Week encourages us, for just one week, to put a spotlight on delicious vegetable-centred meals. We all know we should be eating more vegetables and less meat, fish and dairy, for both our bodies and the planet and now is the time to explore new recipes.

Lentil & Mushroom Stew on Butter Bean Mash

Serves 4


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 50g / ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 x 400g tins butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • ± 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 250ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill sprigs
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 250g white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 thick cut slices of sourdough bread
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. For the breadcrumb topping:
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan. When sizzling add the breadcrumbs.
  3. Cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown.
  4. Remove from the heat and place in a small bowl with the lemon zest and parsley.
  5. Season to taste and mix well. Set aside.
  6. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan.
  7. Add the onion and cook until tender.
  8. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  9. Add the drained beans, fresh thyme and stock.
  10. Bring to a simmer.
  11. Simmer until the beans are very tender and the liquid has reduced.
  12. Crush a few beans as you stir to add more body to the sauce.
  13. Switch the heat off and add the lemon juice and dill. Stir.
  14. Heat the butter with a little drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan.
  15. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook on high heat until just golden brown and still juicy and tender. Season well with salt and pepper.
  16. Brush the slices of sourdough with olive oil and season with salt.
  17. Pan fry until golden brown and crisp on both sides.
  18. Stir the mushrooms into the beans just before plating up.
  19. Serve generous spoonfuls of mushrooms and beans over the sourdough.
  20. Finish with a sprinkle of the crispy, crunchy lemony breadcrumb topping and fresh dill sprigs.


Written by Marvin

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