Gigantes Plaki (Greek Butter Beans)

GF/VG - Serves 4

Prep time: 5-10 minutes Cook time: 40 mins


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (adjust to 1/2 a teaspoon if you'd prefer a more subtle cinnamon flavour)
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 250g dried butter beans, precooked (or 2 tins of butter beans, drained and rinsed)
  • Optional extras: fresh parsley (to garnish), crumbled vegan feta, sourdough (toasted, to serve)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Heat the oil in a large oven-proof frying pan, or shallow casserole dish, then gently cook the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt, until softened (this should take roughly 10 minutes).
  3. Add the tomato puree and stir in, cooking for one minute.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, cinnamon, oregano, butter beans, 250ml of just-boiled water, as well as salt and pepper to season and bring to a simmer.
  5. Put into the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the thickened and bubbling.
  6. Serve with fresh parsley to garnish, with crumbled vegan feta or with some hot toasted sourdough and enjoy this super warming dish, perfect for an easy lunch!

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