Roasted Beans in Tomato Sauce – Gigantes plaki is one of the healthy, delicious Greek dishes based on beans and legumes. Plaki refers to the method of cooking which means basically baking in the oven with a sauce made with tomato, onion, garlic and parsley. I included red bell pepper for a bit more color and subtle sweetness.
- 17.6 oz / 500 gr greek giant beans
- 28 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes – you can use the tomatoes of your preference.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 full tbsp tomato paste
- 1 red bell pepper cut in chunky pieces
- 1 large onion roughly cut in chunky pieces
- 3–4 carrots cut in 1/3 inch pieces
- 3–4 garlic cloves sliced
- 1/4 bunch parsley roughly chopped
- sea salt to taste
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1–2 tbsp dry Greek oregano
- 2 cups of water (you can use veggie or chicken stock if you like)
- 1 tsp red chili pepper flakes (optional)
- chopped fresh parsley (optional)
- Soak beans in plenty of water overnight.
- Drain beans and place in a large pot with plenty of water. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 min. Drain beans and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- In a large pot in medium heat add the olive oil. Add the onions, season lightly with salt and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic. Sauté for 1-2 minutes until the onions start to sweat.
- Add the tomato paste and the oregano. Mix everything together gently, letting the flavors develop for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the carrots, the beans, the tomatoes and the parsley. Mix gently. Add 1 cup of water. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
- Transfer to a baking dish and roast for 1 to 2 hours depending on the beans. Check beans often and mix everything together gently every half hour or so. Add more water if necessary. Roast until they are soft on the inside and lightly crispy on the outside.
You can sprinkle some red chili pepper flakes before serving to add some heat and a another layer of flavor.
Enjoy as a main dish or a side to your favorite grilled protein. I love them in room temperature with a piece of bread to dip in the sauce and a generous piece of gruyere or feta.