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Prep and cook 45 mins

Serves 2


1 large or 2 small red onions

10 g rosemary

30 g fresh chervil – use half

​200 g green beans

​300 g beef mini roast 

oil for frying & roasting e.g. sunflower or light olive

2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

2 tins of cannellini beans – use 1½ tins

25 g walnut pieces

1 lemon 

Olive oil


Preheat your oven to 220C. Peel and finely dice the red onion(s). 

Pick the leaves off the rosemary and very finely chop so they resemble breadcrumbs. 

Wash half the bag of chervil and leave to drain. 

Wash the green beans and trim off the stalk tops.

Rub the beef mini-roast with a little oil and season with salt and pepper. 

Heat a frying pan. When hot, sear the beef on all sides to brown and seal it. 

Make sure it has a good dark brown colour to the outside.

Transfer the beef to a baking dish. Peel and finely chop or crush 2 garlic cloves. 

Mix it with the mustard and 1 tbsp of oil. Smother it over the beef. 

Transfer to the oven and cook for 15 or 20 mins for rare or medium-rare meat, or a little longer, 25 mins or so, for well done.

Once the beef goes in, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and rosemary. 

Fry for 10 mins, stirring often. Add a splash of water if it looks like catching at any point. 

Next, make the cannellini mash. Drain and rinse the beans. 

You just need 1½ tins, so keep some back in a pot in the fridge and use in lunchbox salads. Rinse out and fill 1 of the tins a quarter full with cold water. 

Put a pan of water on to boil for the green beans. After 10 mins, add the cannellini beans to the onion. Add the water in the tin.

Bring up to a simmer. Cook for 5 mins, stirring often; the beans will start to break down a little and become creamy. 

Give them a prod here and there with your spoon to break them down further, adding a splash more water to stop them getting too dried out, if needs be. Once cooked, remove the beef from the oven and leave it to one side to rest for 10 mins. 

Chop the walnuts up so the pieces are nice and small. 

Cook the green beans in the pan of boiling water for approx 4 mins or so, until just tender but still with a little squeak. 

Drain the beans and toss with the walnuts, a little squeeze of lemon juice, a glug of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. 

Season the white-bean mash with salt and pepper to your taste (gently reheated if necessary). Serve with the green beans and thinly sliced beef.


Finely chop your rosemary until it looks like breadcrumbs, this will help it cook down without leaving any sharp, hard little nuggets when you come to eat the beans. 

It’s important to leave any cooked joint of meat out of the oven for a little while before carving. This allows the meat fibres to relax and the juices to permeate the meat, giving you a juicier joint. It really won’t lose its heat too much but if you are at all concerned about this, loosely cover it with foil.