Gigantes plaki, a traditional Greek dish that translates to "giant baked beans," is a classic vegetarian dish that features Gigante Beans in a tomato sauce. Hearty enough to be eaten for a meal by itself, it also works well alongside other dishes as a complete ensemble.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 120 min

Total time: 130 min

Gigantes Plaki
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods



  1. Carefully sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Soak beans in pot covered by at least 3 inches water for 8 to 12 hours.

  2. Drain beans well and add fresh water to cover beans by 3 inches. Add bay leaves. Bring to simmer and cook beans, uncovered, until almost tender, about 1-1/2 hours. Season with salt in final stages of cooking.

  3. Remove bay leaves and drain, reserving about 1 cup cooking liquid.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  5. Heat oil in skillet and add onion, carrot and celery. Cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper (if using) and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  6. Add tomatoes and their canning liquid, paprika and oregano, and simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Mix in parsley, dill and cooked gigante beans, along with 1 cup reserved bean cooking liquid.

  8. Pour into 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish and bake for about 1 hour, checking occasionally and adding more hot water, if necessary, until beans are tender and top is browned and slightly crisp.

  9. Serve immediately, garnished with crumbled feta cheese.