Roasted Beans in Tomato Sauce (Greek Gigantes plaki)
Filling and healthy, this is a classic Greek recipe, called Gigantes plaki, consisting of ‘giant’ roasted beans in tomato sauce along with carrots, plenty of garlic and a little oregano.
500gGigantes or butter beans,soaked in water overnight -- the longer, the better
2yellow onions,finely chopped
1large carrot sliced
1x 400 g can crushed tomatoes(or 600g fresh tomatoes, grated)
sea salt and freshly ground pepper,to taste
1/2cupextra-virgin olive oil,divided (120 ml)
fresh chopped parsley,garnish
Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
Drain and rinse the beans. In a large pot, add the beans and cover with water by 4-5 cm. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, partially covered, until the beans are tender, but still hold their shape. The beans should be cooked but not mushy.
In the meantime, using a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-low heat and sauté the onions and garlic until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the carrot, tomato, tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper, and half of the olive oil. Allow to simmer until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
Once the beans are cooked, drain through a colander and return them to the pot. Add the sauce and mix gently. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish, spread evenly and pour the remaining olive oil over the beans. Bake for 50 -60 minutes until the beans are soft and tender and the sauce thickens.