Asparagus and smoky beans on toast

Put a spin on the comforting classic, beans on toast, with this delicious asparagus and smoky beans on toast recipe.

It can be made quickly and is perfect as a simple vegan brunch option that’s packed full of flavour.

Serves: 4   Prep time: 10 minutes   Cook time: 25-30 minutes

You’ll need

  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2 echalions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into small chunks
  • 1 ½tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 2tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups of water
  • 300g British asparagus, chopped into 2-3cm pieces
  • 4 slices of sourdough

What to do

  1. Heat a large, heavy based saucepan over a medium heat. Add the olive oil and shallots and cook until they have softened, about 4 minutes. Crush the garlic and add to the pan along with the pepper, paprika, thyme and chilli flakes. Allow the heat to release the aromas and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the beans along with 2 cups of water. Turn up the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes to allow the beans to soften and the liquid to reduce. Once the liquid has reduced, check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. Finally, add the chopped asparagus and allow to heat through for 5 minutes until cooked but still tender. While the asparagus is cooking, pop 4 slices of sourdough in the toaster or under the grill.
  4. To serve divide the toast onto 4 plates and spoon over the beans and asparagus and top with a drizzle of olive oil.

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