Meatless Monday – Halloumi and Bean Stew

side view of bean stew with slice of halloumi on top

Whip up this budget friendly, quick and easy vegetarian stew with garlic bread in just under half an hour.

This tomato based vegetarian stew makes a marvellous and moreish midweek meal and it’s a most delicious winter warmer.

halloumi and bean stew

We’re huge fans of halloumi and often eat it with salad in summer but the cold weather we had over winter demanded something hotter and heartier and this stew certainly delivered.

bowl of halloumi and bean stew 3

The stew itself is not just hearty and healthy, it’s versatile too, if you don’t have any mixed beans, chickpeas or kidney beans will also work well. 

spoon in a pot of halloumi and bean stew

Of course, the garlic bread is entirely optional but I highly recommend because you do not want to leave any of the flavoursome juices unmopped! 

If you’re tight for time, shop bought garlic bread will suffice but if you have a spare 5 minutes, I highly recommend you give my homemade garlic bread a go, it’s so quick and easy and totally delicious.

looking down on a pot of halloumi and bean stew

In fact, it’s a recipe I’ve been making for over 30 years since I first went away to university – gosh, that makes me feel old – which is a long time but actually feels like yesterday!

bowl of halloumi and bean stew with a slice of garlic bread with a bite out of it

Suffice to say, this recipe never gets old and a little loaf is just perfect with this halloumi topped stew. Everything is better with halloumi and garlic bread too! 

Have you got a recipe that’s an oldie but a goodie? Do you love halloumi too?

pot of halloumi and bean stew

Serves 2 generously


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 brown onion, thinly sliced

1 red capscium, thinly sliced

1 green capsicum, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tablespoon sundried tomato paste

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon paprika

pinch chilli flakes

1 x 400g can mixed beans

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes

125g halloumi cheese, thickly sliced


1  small french stick

100g softened butter

2 fat cloves garlic, crushed

generous pinch dried mixed herbs

pot of halloumi and bean stew with garlic bread on round wooden board

How to

  1. First make the garlic bread. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Mix the butter, garlic and herbs in a small bowl. Slice the loaf at 2cm intervals and cut within 1cm of the base.
  3. Open up the cuts and spread with the garlic butter. Spread a little more butter over the top of the loaf.
  4. Wrap the loaf in foil and cook for 20-30 minutes.
  5. While the loaf is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion, capsicum and a pinch of salt for about 10 minutes or until softened.
  6. Add the garlic, pesto and spices and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  7. Tip in the beans, chopped tomatoes and 1/2 can water, then bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  8. In a separate pan, fry the halloumi until golden brown on each side.
  9. Place the stew in bowls and top with the halloumi slices. Serve with garlic bread.
bowl of halloumi and bean stew from above