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Butter Beans in Tomato Sauce with Dill and Feta

4 Servings

40 minutes

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Gigantes plaki is a much-loved Greek dish that bakes cooked dried gigantes beans (extra-large white beans) in a savory tomato sauce. For ultimate ease and speed, our version uses canned butter beans and briefly simmers them on the stovetop in a simple yet flavorful sauce made with canned crushed tomatoes and tomato paste for added depth. Fresh herbs and feta cheese add brightness and brininess to round out the dish. If you like, offer the feta on the side at the table; added to individual portions, the cheese has a firmer texture and a sharper bite. To round out the meal, serve with a simple leafy salad and crusty bread for mopping up the sauce.




Don’t cook the beans too long as canned butter beans already are very soft. You just need to heat them through.

40 minutes


  • ¼

    cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve

  • 1

    medium sweet onion or red onion, chopped


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Susan N.
November 4, 2023
Easy, delicious, and healthy
This recipe will go into my rotation.
Alexandra V.
November 2, 2023
So satisfying!
What a healthy, delicious recipe! I enjoyed making this, and then could not stop eating this
Pamela W.
December 25, 2022
Great recipe.
It addition to tasting great it is easy to prepare, looks wonderful and pairs well with meats as well as being a solo dish. When I have the time I make with dried gigante beans.
Michelle G.
August 25, 2022
Just made this, it was very good. I will definitely make it again!

What suggestions do you have if using dried beans?

Lynn C.

Hi Kathy -

I would cook dried beans separately as you would normally cook your dried beans and then add them in Step 3 of the recipe where the canned beans get added.

The Milk Street Team

Melissa D.

Oh my. My family was raving. This was legitimately fabulous.