New Favorite Recipe

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This is probably going to end up in an upcoming Daily Plate column, but I wanted to share one of my new favorite recipes with you.

While I use beans and legumes all the time in recipes (soups, stews, black bean brownies…), I really hadn’t had butter beans until I tried them in a dish with tomato sauce and feta at Snack Taverna last month. I just had to try recreating it at home, with a few tweaks of course—I added olives and swapped in goat cheese for feta.

This makes for a great side dish or lunch. I served it with whole wheat couscous and a side of kale chips, but I imagine it would be excellent over pasta or alongside pita and hummus.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 5 oil-cured black olives, chopped
  • 1 ½ c tomato sauce (homemade or jarred)
  • 1 15-oz can butter beans, rinsed
  • ¼ c goat cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)


1       Add oil to skillet or pan over medium heat. Sauté garlic until soft.

2       Add olives, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes and beans. Switch heat to low and allow to simmer 5-10 minutes.

3       Top with a sprinkle of goat cheese and serve on top of whole wheat couscous.

Serves 4

6 thoughts on “New Favorite Recipe

    Faith said:
    October 25, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Somehow I hardly use butter beans either…but this variation looks awesome! I love the tang of feta – I’m sold on giving it a go!

      Jess responded:
      October 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      Hope you enjoy it as much as I did : )

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