Butter bean, sun-dried cherry tomato and ciabatta toast

July 13, 2014 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)

TO DRINK: This Italian-style snack needs a dry Italian-style red, like Monterosso Sangiovese

Butter bean, sun-dried cherry tomato and ciabatta toast

Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • 50g tomaraisins (sun-dried cherry tomatoes)
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 x 410g tin butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200ml tomato passata
  • 100ml dry white wine, optional
  • 5ml (1 tsp) brown sugar, optional
  • sliced ciabatta, toasted
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste



Soak the tomaraisins in boiling water until soft, about 15 – 20 minutes. Squeeze out the water and set aside.


Heat the oil in a pan and add the tomaraisins, beans, garlic, tomato passata and wine. Cook over medium heat until heated through and slightly reduced, about 10 – 20 minutes. Add the sugar, or more, to taste, depending on the acidity of the tomatoes.


Serve on the ciabatta together with the lemon wedges and black pepper.


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