Warm beans with celery pesto

Warm beans with celery pesto

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  • Easy
  • 20 minutes, plus overnight soaking time
  • 30 minutes

This was inspired by a dish from the restaurant Between Us in Cape Town.


  • 4 sticks celery, chopped
  • 200 g dried butter beans, soaked overnight
  • a handful celery leaves, chopped
  • For the celery pesto:
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 100 g Parmesan, grated
  • 8 anchovies
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup Woolworths freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 30 g parsley, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 4 sticks celery, chopped
  • a handful celery leaves, chopped
  • salt, to taste

Cooking Instructions

1. Cook the butter beans until soft. Blend the pesto ingredients together until chunky.

2. Toss with the warm beans, celery and celery leaves. Season to taste.

Cook's note: You can cheat by using the canned beans of your choice.

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Photographs: Jan Ras
Food assistant: Bianca Strydom

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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