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Smoky white bean quesadillas

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Here I have stepped away from the straight-up Mexican quesadillas and introduced some Spanish flavours. Roasted red peppers, smoky paprika and white beans – it makes me think of summer trips to Barcelona, and that can never be a bad thing.

If you are vegan, leave the cheese out and double the white beans, which hold it all together; you may want to be more generous with the seasoning too. I mostly make these at lunchtime, but they are filling enough for a dinner – you might want some sherry-vinegar-dressed green salad on the side. If you are making these for a party, which I often do, the filling can be made in bigger batches really easily. The quesadillas can be stacked in the fridge, filled, and ready for frying.

20 mins
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  • 2 spring onions
  • olive oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 50g cooked white beans
  • 100g jarred, roasted red peppers
  • 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 1⁄2 a bunch of fresh parsley
  • 50g Manchego cheese (leave out if vegan)
  • 2 wholemeal or seeded tortillas or wraps
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  1. To prep the ingredients

    Get all your ingredients together. Finely slice the spring onions. Put a frying pan on a medium heat, add a little olive oil, the spring onions and smoked paprika, and cook for a couple of minutes, until starting to brown.

  2. To make the beans mix

    Meanwhile, put the white beans into a mixing bowl and mash them with a fork, then roughly chop your red peppers and add half of them to the beans.
  3. Grate over the zest of the lemon, then roughly chop the parsley and add half to the bowl. Grate in your Manchego (or if vegan skip the Manchego). Once the spring onions are browned, add these too.

  4. Lay a tortilla or wrap on your work surface. Spoon the red pepper mixture all over it, spread it evenly, then top with the other tortilla.

  5. Heat a frying pan and toast the quesadilla for a couple of minutes on each side –I do this dry, but you can add a splash of oil if you like your quesadillas crispy. If you find it hard to flip, a plate on top might help.

  6. To make the salsa & serve

    While the quesadilla is toasting, roughly chop the tomatoes, mix with the remaining peppers and parsley and squeeze in the juice of half the lemon. Once toasted on both sides, remove the quesadilla from the pan and cut into six pieces. Serve in the middle of the table, with the salsa for spooning over.

Additional information


Cool and wrap in greaseproof paper and store in airtight container in fridge for up to 3 days
Up to 1 month

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