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Greek baked giant beans (Gigantes Plaki)

This is a healthy recipe for Greek baked giant beans (Gigantes Plaki). Learn all the traditional secrets and an easy method for the best beans you can make in the oven!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine gluten-free, Greek, Mediterranean, vegan
Keyword baked, beans, Giant, Gigantes, Plaki
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 571 kcal
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 1 pound (450 grams) dried giant beans (Gigantes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cups pureed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped parsley or celery
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
  • Freshly grounded black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or thyme
  • 2 cups water or vegetable stock


  1. Soak the beans in a large bowl with plenty of water for at least 12 hours (24 hours will work best).

    Rinse them well and transfer them in large pot. Fill with enough water to cover them by at least 2 inches and bring to a simmer. Skim any foam from the surface and cook until tender (about 1 hour). Remove from the heat.

  2. Preheat your oven to 390°F (200°C).

    Drain half of the water from the pot and refill with fresh water (this will cool the beans and will help them not to peel-off when drained). Stir gently and let them sit until you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

  3. Drain the beans and transfer them to a large casserole dish or baking pan. Add the rest of the ingredients except the water and stir gently to mix. Add enough water to just cover them.

  4. Bake for about 60 minutes or until almost all of the liquids have evaporated.

  5. Serve with bread and olives. Eat!