Any time is a great time for this simple, quick and delicious tomatoes with butter beans recipe. I say simple because you can find these ingredients in just about any grocery store or farmer’s market. But if you want to impress your guests or family, then dress it up with toasted bread crumbs and viola!

Tomatoes with butter beans and kale

I love this dish because the butter beans are so creamy, the tomatoes are slightly tart and sweet at the same time and it all comes together with the herb blend of dried thyme, red pepper flakes, fresh onions and garlic. The addition of herbs and seasoning completes this dish. This can serve as a side for holiday meals or it’s also a perfect meal for vegans or vegetarians. Here’s why you’re going to want to make this dish.

What’s so special about this dish

  • It’s inexpensive but elegant. These ingredients will not break the bank and are available year round
  • It’s nutritionally well balanced. Butter beans carry loads of protein and some healthy carbs as well as fiber. Tomatoes are loaded with vitamins and Kale is a nutrient dense super food. Enough said!
  • Quick and simple to make. Did I already mention that this was quick ? It is ready in under 20 minutes including prepping the ingredients… Well depending on your knife skills.

Dress it up how you want

Tomatoes with butter beans is the start. For me, I also added Kale, but you can add spinach, callaloo or easy to cook leafy greens. This would also be fantastic with crispy smoked turkey, Pancetta or bacon.

If you’re looking for a healthy side dish or a quick and easy comfort meal, this tomatoes with butter beans will become a new favorite.

How to enjoy this dish

  • Honestly, pick up a fork and dig in. I can eat this all by itself!
  • Add to toasted sourdough or crusty french bread and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Perfect, healthy holiday side dish with flavors everyone will love.
  • Spread over your favorite pasta for a complete meal.

Check out my IGTV for a short video on how to make this. While you’re there, comment, like and share my page. Here are the instructions and list of ingredients.

5 from 2 votes

Tomatoes with Butter Beans

Creamy butter beans are paired with cherry tomatoes and chopped kale to create a delicious, healthy and nutrient dense dish that vegans, vegetarians and everyone will love.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Butter bean recipe, tomoatoes butter bean recipe, side dish with tomatoes, kale side dish recipe,


  • Medium Sauce Pan


  • 14 oz Can butter beans -drained and rinsed
  • 1 Pint Fresh cherry or grape tomatoes (rinsed and cut in half if they're too big)
  • 1/4 Cup Onion -chopped
  • 2 Tsp Garlic -Grated
  • 1 1/2 Cup Kale -finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Marinara sauce -unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Thyme leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 Cup Water or vegetable stock
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of cracked black pepper

Bread Crumbs topping *Optional

  • 1/3 Cup Panko or unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tsp Italian seasoning or freshly chopped herbs


  • Add 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, garlic and onion, mix well until they start to sweat. Then add the cherry tomatoes and cook on low for about 5 minutes or until the tomatoes start to break down.
  • Add the marinara sauce, butter beans and water or stock. Season with thyme leaves, red pepper flakes, salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Leave to simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and remove pan before mixing in the chopped kale. Set aside to toast your Panko or breadcrumbs
  • Add 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat, add Panko/breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning or fresh herbs. Keep turning in the pan until it's slightly brown.
  • Plate tomatoes and butter bean and sprinkle with toasted Panko/breadcrumbs and enjoy!


  • Can substitute spinach if you don’t have kale.
  • Can substitute cannellini beans if you can’t find butter beans.

So enjoy this quick and simple beans in tomato today. If you’re looking for other tomato-based vegetarian dishes, check out my lentil bolognese.

Final dish of tomatoes with butter bean and kale