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Braised Giant Beans with Spinach

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By Maria Loi

Vegans who have eaten my food know that my braised giant beans are worthy of even the pickiest of eaters.  The key to this dish is the cooking time and addition of spinach at the end, making it both extremely healthy and incredibly tasty.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried giant beans (gigantes)
  • 2 medium red onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, washed and stemmed

Directions:

  1. The night before you plan to serve this dish, place the beans in a large bowl with water to cover by 2 or 3 inches. Set aside to soak overnight. (Soaking the beans overnight reduces the cooking time.)
  2. The following day, drain the beans, discard the soaking liquid, and place them in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover the beans by 3 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Drain the beans into a large colander.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  4. Combine all the ingredients, except the spinach, in a large bowl, and mix well.  Transfer the mixture to a baking dish, and bake for approximately 1 hour, or until the beans are tender. 
  5. Remove the baking dish from the oven and stir in the spinach. Set the dish aside for about 5 minutes before serving, to allow the flavors to blend.
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