White Bean, Black Olive, Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Paté

White Bean

Very quick, easy and full of Mediterranean flavours. Serve in sandwiches, as a dip with crudités or crisp toast, or on a plate with salad leaves and ripe tomatoes for a light meal.

TOP TIPS

  • Aldi and Lidl sell very reasonably-priced sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and olives.
  • Don’t throw away the gooey bean water – pour it into a clean screwtop jar or other airtight container – it will last in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer for a month or more. It’s also called aquafaba and can be used in place of egg whites or eggs to make cakes, meringues, mayo and more. Click to access this feature

Adapted with thanks from The GI Vegetarian Cookbook by Rose Elliot, published by BBC Books

Easy recipeEasy Gluten free Wheat free Reduced sugar, diabetic friendlyQuick meal Low fat, low sugar, diabetic friendly Cheap as chickpeasKid recipe
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Preparation time

Cook time

Total time

10 minutes

Meal

  • soups-starters
  • sides-light-meals-and-salads

Servings

4

Ingredients

  • Small garlic clove, crushed or ½ tsp garlic puree
  • 420g can drained white beans – cannellini, white haricot beans or butter
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 3-4 soft sun-dried tomatoes
  • 8 pitted black olives
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A few basil leaves, torn
  • Optional: 3 chopped artichoke hearts

ALL KITTED OUT: measuring spoons; tin opener; colander; clean jar to save bean water for later (aquafaba!), stick blender or similar; potato masher if you don’t have a blender; scissors; knife; chopping board

Instructions

  1. Put the garlic, cannellini beans, lemon juice, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives into a food processor and whizz to a thick chunky puree – use the pulse button or just blend a little at a time if you prefer a more textured dip. If using optional artichoke hearts, chop these up and add last – don’t blend. You can also snip a few of the sundried tomatoes to add more texture if you prefer.
  2. Snip the basil with scissors and mix in last then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a couple of basil leaves for decoration if this isn’t going straight into a sandwich.

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