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Vegetarian Red Bean Sauce!

A scrumptious sauce made from scratch with only 6 ingredients! It’s a healthy vegetarian side dish, ready in less than 30 min! It’s my recipe on-the-run, when I’m craving a big bowl of a rich comforting classic. Simple and easy, but you’ll surely impress your house guests all the same!

Good ingredients always make great recipes…right? How to use them and hit the nail? Just stick with me!

Once you have all your six ingredients on the counter, you’ll be ready to start cooking! And let me tell you a chef to chef top secret: It’s a piece of cake!

Get your beans in!

“Are beans vegetables? Just carbs? High in fiber or protein?”

Let’s get this straight…Beans are all of that! A cheap versatile legume packed with complex carbohydrates (the junction of 3 or more sugar molecules) and a mix of protein, fiber too. Once you consume them, they’ll be slowly digested through your body and give not only energy but potassium, antioxidants, iron and vitamins as well!     

It might sound strange but to make a really bold and tasty sauce, you’ll need to treat your beans like little delicate princesses!

  • If possible, don’t use caned beans!

Instead, use fresh beans soaked overnight in cold water. Then, place them in a medium saucepan with water and bring to boil. Cover it up and let it simmer over low heat for 1 hour or until completely cooked. Oh yeyyy…creamy, creamy texture!

Fresh Tomatoes!

The hearty flavour and the true essence of this sauce comes right from the TOMATOES! Yes, you’ll need 3 fresh tomatoes and to make the purée? No worries or stress in the kitchen! Just blend your tomatoes with a pinch of salt and there you go! It’s a bit tempting to just open up a can of tomato paste and use it, but it’s undeniable the goodness of fresh ripe tomatoes. If we look at all the market option labels, we’ll clearly see it’s worth to lose a bit more time cooking, because they’re full of harming ingredients like sugar, fat and lots of conservatives!

Honey…no better way to complement your sauce!

Savory and sweet…That’s how I like my sauce to be! And we all know what they say “the small details make all the difference!” Adding one tablespoon of runny honey, may seem like a super-tiny amount but I can promise it’s enough to make the sauce extra-delicious. Besides, it will thicken the sauce and make the flavour a bit more complex.

  • What’re the benefits of using honey?

It’s a whole natural way of sweeten your dishes and keep them a lot healthier (great for baking too!). Moreover, it contains important vitamins, minerals, and many antioxidants (like phenols or enzymes). Impressive, right? Honey can boost your immune system and stabilize your blood pressure, too!

Tip: freeze your sauce!

Freezing food is a must on my house! It’s an easy way of conserving food and it also helps me to stay on track during the week! I try to make ahead a few meals or just some side dishes like this one, and freeze them. You’ll not only save a lot of money but you’ll avoid all the fast food options.

The sauce right… Let it cool for 15-20 min and transfer to a closed container. Place on the freezer and that’s it…It should stay up for one year! Then, you can enjoy it anytime by simply re-heating it, either on the microwave for a quicker option or on a saucepan on low heat!

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Vegetarian red bean sauce!
Serves 6
Prep Time
16 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
16 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 small red onions
  2. 3 cloves of garlic
  3. 1 cup and ½ of fresh tomato pureé
  4. 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  5. 2 cups of red beans
  6. 1 tablespoon of honey
  7. ¼ cup of water
  8. Course salt/pepper/ground coriander/spices: red pepper, piri-piri, cayenne pepper or chili powder.
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Instructions
  1. Using a big deep skillet, saulté the garlic and the chopped onions with the olive oil until slightly golden brown.
  2. Add the remaining ingredientes (except the beans)…spices too! Place lid on and cook over low/medium heat for 15 min.
  3. Using a hand blender, mash the sauce until creamy and add the beans.
  4. Cook for more 10 min and serve with fresh coriander leaves! Enjoy and share!
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