Gigantes Plaki (Giant Beans with Tomato Sauce)

If you are in the mood for Greek-themed dish with lots of tomato, and some beans for substance, this is for you.  Flavors of dill and garlic make it pop.



  • 2 cans butter beans, drained
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 c parsley, chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 c dill, chopped coarsely
  • 1/2 c to 1 c feta, crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 375C
  2. Heat oil in medium large sauce pan over medium heat, add onions and celery, and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes
  3. Add garlic and paprika, and cook about 1 minute, until fragrant
  4. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes
  5. Mix parsley, dill, and beans with tomato sauce, then transfer to a casserole dish and cook for 50-60 minutes, until top is browned and mixture is bubbling