Greek Butter Bean Pie
 
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A hearty baked version of a Greek meze classic. This Butter Bean Pie is simple to make, full of delicious savoury flavour and packed with wholesome ingredients.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: 60 minutes or less, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 200g dried butter beans, soaked overnight (or 2 tins of pre-cooked butter beans)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 30g fresh dill
  • 200g fresh spinach
Method
  1. If you haven't already pre-cooked the butter beans, put them on to boil in a large pan of water. Leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes - about the same time it takes to prepare the sauce.
  2. While the beans are cooking, make the sauce. Chop the onion, carrot and celery small, all to a similar size.
  3. Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a large frying pan and add these to the pan.
  4. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Slice the garlic and add this to the pan, giving it all a good stir.
  5. Now stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, lemon juice, 1 tbsp of oregano, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Chop the dill (discarding any thick or tough stalks) and stir this in too.
  6. Leave the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. While this is cooking, wilt the spinach in a separate pan until there is no water remaining from the leaves.
  8. Heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.
  9. You can now assemble the pie. Line the bottom of an oven dish or pie tin with the spinach. Drain the butter beans and stir these into the tomato sauce. Gently pour this over the spinach and level it out. Sprinkle on the rest of the oregano and olive oil.
  10. Cook on a middle shelf for 30 minutes.
Recipe by The Whole Ingredient at https://www.thewholeingredient.com/2016/01/22/greek-butter-bean-pie/