Cuttlefish and beans

  • for 4 people
  • Ready in 1½ hours
Stand by to mop up the gravy with this hearty cuttlefish and bean one-pot recipe.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving: 488kcals, 19.3g fat
(3.1g saturated), 45.6g protein,
29.7g carbs, 7g sugar, 2g salt

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3 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
½ tsp salt
1kg cuttlefish or squid, cleaned, gutted and cut into pieces (see Tip)
1 medium waxy potato, roughly diced
1 tbsp tomato purèe
½ tsp Spanish smoked paprika
125ml red wine
400g can borlotti or cannellini beans
½ tsp sugar
Pinch of saffron
Fresh flatleaf parsley, to garnish
Extra-virgin olive oil, to serve


1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan or casserole. Add the onions, garlic and salt. Stir a couple of times and reduce the heat. Cover and let the onions sweat gently for
a good 10 minutes.
2. Add the cuttlefish or squid and the potatoes. Stir for a couple of minutes to coat in the oil and onions. Add the tomato purèe, paprika and wine and turn up the heat so that the wine bubbles for a couple of minutes. Add the beans, plus all their liquor, the sugar and saffron, then top up with just enough water to cover it. 3. Cook, covered, on a gentle heat for 40-45 minutes or until the cuttlefish is tender enough to break with a fork.

  • See our Know How section for details of how to prepare squid and cuttlefish.
  • Wine note:Chime in with the smoky paprika and tomato flavours by serving a ripe, savoury Mediterranean red, such as Italian Primitivo.

From February 2005

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