Chestnut and Butter Bean Wellington

Chestnut and Butter Bean Wellington


  • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) vegan puff or shortcrust pastry
  • Flour, for dusting
  • For the Inner Filling:
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) sun-dried tomatoes (oil reserved), drained and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 300 g (10½ oz) cooked chestnuts, mashed
  • 1 x 400 g tin butter beans, drained and mashed
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) ready-to-eat prunes, chopped
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 100 g (3½ oz) chopped mixed nuts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the Outer Filling:
  • 400 g (14 oz) mixed mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 200 g (7 oz) frozen spinach
  • 1 lemon, juice and ½ zest only
  • 2 tbs soya milk, to glaze
Recipe courtesy of the Vegetarian Society

Hands down, this Chestnut and Butter Bean Wellington is our favourite kind of Wellington.

Well, maybe behind the boot — but definitely in front of the lord.

It has all the makings of a delicious festive feast. Or even a post-Christmas Day treat.

Something healthy but filling, to make you forget about all that turkey and stuffing you just ate!


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg. C., 350 deg. F., Gas Mark 4.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle measuring 40 x 30 cm (16 x 12 in). Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  3. To make the inner filling, heat a little of the sun-dried tomato oil (save some for later) in your largest frying-pan and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining inner filling ingredients, except the seasoning, and cook for another 10 minutes over a low heat, stirring often. The mixture should be fairly dry and hold together. Season to taste and set aside to cool.
  5. To make the outer filling, use the rest of the tomato oil to fry the mushrooms and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce, spinach, the lemon zest and juice. Cook for 10 minutes, or until all of the moisture has evaporated. Allow to cool.
  6. To assemble the Wellington, line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and transfer the pastry to it. With the long edge facing you, use the back of a table knife to lightly mark the pastry in half horizontally, giving two long rectangles.
  7. Place the inner filling in the top rectangle, leaving a 3 cm (1¼ in) border around the edges, and form it into a sausage shape. Pat the mushroom and spinach layer all over the filling to form the outer filling.
  8. Brush the pastry borders with a little water. Fold the lower half of the pastry over to enclose the fillings and press all around to seal, then crimp the ends with a fork.
  9. Brush with the soya milk and bake for 45 minutes or until golden.
  10. This can be baked and chilled for up to three days or frozen for up to three months. If frozen, allow to thaw and then reheat thoroughly.

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