Smoky Hotpot of Great Northern Beans
- ½ cup/100g butter beans or lima beans
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 celery stick chopped
- 1 carrot chopped
- 2 medium potatoes cut into dice
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 500ml vegetable stock
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Crusty bread to serve (optional)
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Sock the dried beans in cold water for at least 6 hours or overnight. Drain and put them in a large saucepan with sufficient just-boiled water to cover. Cook for 30 minutes until soft. Drain and set aside until needed.
Put oil in a saucepan setover a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and smoked paprika to the pan and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, potatoes, and red bell pepper and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly to coat the vegetables in the oil.
Add the stock and the beans and bring to boil. Reduce the heat and partially cover the pan with a lid. Let simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally until all vegetables are cooked through. Season to tasted and serve with crusty bread (optional).