Braised Courgettes With Haricot Beans and Pistou

Fresh and summery, but also comforting and unctuous. The softness of the veg pairs beautifully with the bright herby pistou. Feel free to finish it will a good glug of olive oil and mop it all up with a bit of bread.

When to eat

I recommend eating this dish from July until September.


Serves 2
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This meal is around 86% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.53 KG CO2e per person.
  • That’s equivalent to the emissions produced driving 20.91 KM in a modern car.
How do I calculate this?


  • 4 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Fennel Seed
  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Red Chilli
  • 150 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Large Courgette
  • 330 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 2 Teaspoon Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 Lemon
  • 300 g Cooked Haricot Beans
  • 5 g Dill
  • 5 g Basil
  • 5 g Marjoram


  • Heat the oil in a high sided frying pan (be sure you have lid or something the right size to cover the pan). Add the fennel seeds, onions and chilli and cook on a medium/low heat until the onions begin to soften.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, garlic and courgettes, add the stock, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Next add the vinegar, lemon juice and beans and cook on a low heat for another 10-15 minutes until the courgettes start to collapse and the beans begin to break up.
  • Whilst the veg are cooking, in a pestle and mortar, make the pistou by pounding the chopped herbs, add a pinch of salt into a paste and add a few drizzles of olive oil until you have a green spoonable, slurry.
  • Serve the braised courgettes with crusty bread and the pistou drizzled over the top.
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