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Greek Butter Beans Recipe (Gigantes Plaki)

Difficulty: Medium
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time27 mins
Keyword: Dinner, gut-healing foods, Oven baked
Servings: 4
Calories: 374kcal


  • 500 grams /17.6 oz dried butters beans
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 small carrots cut in slices
  • 2 large garlic clove
  • 1 large fresh tomato chopped
  • 65 grams / 2.2 oz tomato paste
  • a handful of parsley
  • a handful of fresh dill


Preparation 1 day before:

  • Fill a large cooking pot with tepid water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and add the butter beans. Let them soak for 24 hours before cooking.

Cooking Method:

  • Drain butter beans in a strainer.
  • In a large cooking pot add 3 liters of water and the butter beans. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 2 hours or untill butter beans are completely soft.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan over high heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic and sliced carrots. Cook till soft and golden in color. Add the chopped tomatoes and fresh herbs. Cook for 2-3 minutes stiring with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer mixture into the pot with the butter beans. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring heat to high and cook for approximately 10 minutes until sauce starts to thicken slightly. Preheat oven to 220°C/428°F.
  • Transfer beans to a large baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes.


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g