Fresh tomatoes are not in season in January, but you can use canned tomatoes. Go for organic ones if you can, because they have been sprayed a lot less.

Bean & Leek Pie
Bean & Leek Pie


Soak the beans overnight and cook for 1 1/4 hours.

Heat the margarine or oil and add the carrots, cook for 10 minutes, then add the leeks and mushrooms and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the flour and stir well, so that it mixes with the fat. Add the canned tomatoes and stir continuously for 2 minutes until it has thickened. Add the cooked butter beans.

Add the bean/veg mixture to an oven dish and top with mashed potato.

Cook in a preheated oven (220C/Gas 7) for around 20 minutes until piping hot.



  • 125g dried butter beans
  • 50g margarine
  • 225g carrots, diced
  • 450g leeks, sliced
  • 125g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 225g canned tomatoes
  • Mashed potatoes to top the pie