Mediterranean cuisine for every day

Baked Beans and Spinach

3 comments Feb 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Recipes, Side Dishes, Starters

Baked beans and spinach is another fasting dish I want to present. This combination of beans and spinach surprised me with its taste and texture. The beans are melting, the spinache is jusicy. The onion and the garlic give a nice falvour to the vegetarian dish. In later posts I will also present some fish dishes that are part of the fasting tradition. Those dishes are rather the exeption, vegetarian food is the rule.

Preparation: 30 minutes & soaking the beans for a couple of hours

baking time: 30 minutes

very simple recipe


  • 500 gram beans, dry
  • a kilogram of fresh spinach
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloved of garlic
  • 1/2 celery root
  • 2 large carrots
  • olive oil
  • 1 ts flour
  • salt and pepper


Soak the beans over night. You can also use canned ones. Peel the carrots, the onion and the celery. Cut the celery in stripes and put it with the carrots and the onion into a pot with water and bring to boil. Add the beans and boil them until soft. Drain the liquid but make sure you collect it when draining. Put the liquid aside. Take the carrots and cut them into small cubes. (in case you used canned beans, you do not need to boil them. Just boil the veggies for 15 – 20 minutes)

Take a large frying pan and add some olive oil. chop the onion and the garlic and fry both in the pan. Add the well washed spinach. Fry lightly while tossing it.

Spread the beans out in a casserols. Put a layer of spinach over it. Layer the boiled veggies over it (carrot and celery root). Then again a layer of beans, the a layer of spinach. The layering should end with a layer of spinach. Now season with salt and pepper. Finally poor some of the boiling water over the ingredients. Toss some flour over the dish and put the casserole into the oven. Bake at 200 degrees centigrade for 30 minuts. At the second half of the baking time I turn on the grill to give the dish some colour on top. Keep an eye on it though.

Before servinf sprinkle some good olive oil over the dish.

TIP: If you are not fasting you can add some Feta Cheese on top of the dish before putting it into the oven.

Beim Servieren mit gutem Olivenöl beträufeln.

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  1. Delicious! A healthy dish too!



  2. I would like this dish. I love to have ‘no meat’ days during the week. This would be perfect.

  3. Very good! Although I would probably tripe the amount of garlic lol!

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