Instant white bean mash

If you need mash fast and don't have time to peel potatoes and watch them boil - or if you simply fancy a change - a can of white beans can be a speedy and nutritious alternative. Ready in five minutes flat, this mash goes well with leftover roast chicken or sausages or a quick bit of bacon crisped up in a pan with a little garlic and rosemary. Try it, too, with our easy-prep lamb stewpastry-topped chicken pies or parsley & ham cakes.

Serves 2

1 can of cannellini or butter beans
1 garlic clove
a sprig of thyme
olive oil

Takes 5 minutes

1. Show your kids how to use a tin opener to open a can of cannellini or butter beans, drain, rinse and tip into a pan. Pop in an unpeeled garlic clove and a sprig of thyme, if you've got some. Add a splash of water and heat through for a few minutes.

2. Remove the thyme and garlic and bash in the pan with a masher or pestle from a pestle and mortar. Add a glug of olive oil and bash briefly again to mix. If you want it smoother, you can quickly blitz it with a handheld blender or in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper.