Fiber-filled white beans, sweet tomatoes, and tangy feta make this Tomato Baked Vegetarian Beans with Tangy Feta an easy and healthy anytime dinner loved by the whole family. Serve with homemade parsley pesto and fresh, crusty bread for an unforgettable Meatless Monday dish.Recipe inspired by The Bojon Gourmet
1.5cupsdry large white beans, soaked in cold water 4 hours to overnight
For the Tomato Sauce
1yellow onion, diced
1(28 ounce) jarwhole, peeled tomatoes
1(15 ounce) jardiced tomatoes
salt + pepper, to taste
6ouncesfeta cheese, crumbled into large chunks
1 bunchparsley, leave only
salt, to taste
Prepare the Beans
Transfer the pre-soaked, drained beans to a large saucepan and cover with 4 inches of clean water. Add the bay leaf, garlic cloves, and salt. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and partially cover the pot. Simmer the beans until they are nearly tender, but not mushy. This may take between 30-60 minutes depending on the bean used and how long they were pre-soaked. Remove from heat and allow beans to cool in their own liquid before draining. Set aside.
For the Tomato Sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and position oven rack in the upper third position. You will need a ceramic or glass baking dish measuring approximately 9- to 10- inches or equivalent.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and the onion to the skillet and sauté for approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the garlic and sauté for an additional minute more before adding the tomatoes, and their juices, to the skillet. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low, and continue to simmer until thick chunky sauce is formed, stir frequently to prevent burning. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Transfer sauce to baking dish. Add the drained, cooked beans, gently tossing them to coat in sauce. Crumble big chunks of feta over the top of the beans and sauce and gently press into the sauce. Drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling and cheese is beginning to brown on the top.
For the Parsley Pesto
Place the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and salt in a small food processor or blender and process until smooth. Top on prepared beans at serving.
If you prefer not to soak your beans, or you're short on time, 2 (15 ounce) cans of white beans (I recommend cannellini), drained and rinsed, make a great alternative.Store-bought pesto would also taste just as fantastic.