I have been cooking my way through the World Vegan Month of November and to finish off the series I decided to share a staple recipe I have been making regularly for some time now. Since I always have a few tins of various beans in the cupboard this hearty bake can be ready on the table in 30 minutes and is not only filling, but also tasty and nutritious.
Cannellini and Tomato Bake with Garlic Bread Topping
For the bake:
- 1 x 400g (14oz) tin cannellini beans
- 1 x 400g (14oz) tin tomatoes
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp mixed dried herbs
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Optional ‘glug’ of red wine or sherry!
For the topping:
- Half a baguette, thickly sliced (you could use leftover bread of any kind here)
- 3 tbsps olive oil mixed with 1 clove garlic, crushed
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and gently saute the onion until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add all the other ingredients. Gently cook for a few more minutes until it starts to thicken. In the meanwhile preheat your grill to medium – high and put a baking dish under it to warm.
When your dish is nice and hot, pour the bean and tomato mixture in. Arrange the slices of bread on top and distribute the garlic oil evenly over the slices. Place under the grill for a couple of minutes – be careful not to look away as the bread will burn very quickly if you don’t watch it! Add a little chopped fresh parsley as a garnish if you have any at hand.
That’s it. Dinner in 30 minutes! 😀