Baked Giant Butter Beans

Try adding some fried bacon pieces to this dish as a final garnish for a nonvegetarian version. Serve with some chewy sourdough village-style bread.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 2 hours 15 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. dried Greek gigantes (or giant butter) beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp. chili flakes

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Add beans to generous pot of boiling water; cook 45 minutes over medium heat, until beans are soft. Use large spoon to skim away any surface foam.
  • In large pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil; sauté onion until soft. Add garlic and red pepper; mix well. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, water, parsley, and chili flakes. Bring to a boil; lower heat to medium-low and let simmer 15–20 minutes.
  • Place stoneware or clay baking vessel in oven to warm. When beans are cooked soft, drain and add to pan with sauce; combine. Take heated vessel out of oven. Add beans; pour remaining olive oil over top and return to oven. Bake 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. dried Greek gigantes (or giant butter) beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp. chili flakes

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Add beans to generous pot of boiling water; cook 45 minutes over medium heat, until beans are soft. Use large spoon to skim away any surface foam.
  • In large pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil; sauté onion until soft. Add garlic and red pepper; mix well. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, water, parsley, and chili flakes. Bring to a boil; lower heat to medium-low and let simmer 15–20 minutes.
  • Place stoneware or clay baking vessel in oven to warm. When beans are cooked soft, drain and add to pan with sauce; combine. Take heated vessel out of oven. Add beans; pour remaining olive oil over top and return to oven. Bake 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories490
Total Fat29g
Saturated Fat4g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium310mg
Total Carbohydrate45g
Dietary Fiber11g
Sugars6g
Protein15g