Butternut squash, bean and quinoa stew

This delicious hearty vegan stew, packed with protein and fibre, is so tasty, and will definitely keep you full until the next mealtime. Full of spice and creamy coconut milk, the flavour certainly packs a punch. At just over 400 calories, it is one of our more calorific vegan meals, but I think this meal could be probably serve between 4 and 6, so you could always serve yourself a smaller portion.

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Butternut squash, bean and quinoa stew

  • Author: Rachel Wilcock
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


Hearty, vegan stew



1 butternut squash

3 cloves garlic

3 tsp cumin

3 tsp paprika

3 tsp ground coriander

2 tbsp olive oil

1 400ml/14fl oz tin light coconut milk

2 400g/14oz tins tomatoes

1 400g/14oz tin cannellini beans, drained

180g/6½oz quinoa

300ml/10½fl oz boiling water

1 bag (200g/7oz) spinach



  1. Peel and chop the squash into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Crush the garlic into a large saucepan and add the cumin, paprika, ground coriander, salt, pepper and olive oil – let this heat until it starts bubbling.
  3. Once the spice mix is bubbling, add the squash, boiling water, quinoa, tinned tomatoes and light coconut milk.
  4. Bring this to the boil, then turn down to a simmer.
  5. Let it simmer for about 25 minutes, until the squash is soft and the quinoa has cooked.
  6. At this point roughly chop the spinach and stir it into the pan along with the beans and the second tin of tomatoes.
  7. Let this cook for another 10 minutes or so, then serve with a sprinkling of chopped coriander.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 50


  • Calories: 438

2 replies on “Butternut squash, bean and quinoa stew”

This definitely makes at least 6 portions! Use a large pan. ?
The meal got a thumbs up from our family, and effectively we’ve prepped for tomorrow lunch too.
We had this stew tonight with some harissa. Surprisingly, with so much cumin/coriander and paprika, it’s very mild, so if you have any left over, it would really work with some extra spices. And I reckon we could take out a ladle-full and turn it onto a quick soup too. A great, versatile one-pot dish. Perfect!

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