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Rich and tomatoey white bean gratin

Rich and tomatoey white bean gratin. This turned out even better than I hoped! The flavours are just amazing. A rich tomato sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pesto, and a crispy cheese topping. Unbelievably delicious!

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I am sooo happy with how this recipe turned out. I had an image in my mind of what I wanted it to look like (and taste like!), and it turned out even better than I hoped. Perhaps I just don’t have very high expectations for myself – or perhaps this rich and tomatoey white bean gratin recipe is just that good. I think it’s the latter, but I’ll let you decide. Make it and let me know what you think!

Rich and tomatoey white bean gratin. This turned out even better than I hoped! The flavours are just amazing. A rich tomato sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pesto, and a crispy cheese topping. Unbelievably delicious!

The crispy brown topping may not look like much, so perhaps a description of the ingredients in this white bean gratin will convince you. We’ve got cannellini beans, in a suuuper rich tomatoey sauce (with sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavour!), black olives, pesto, fragrant fresh basil, and a crispy, cheesy topping.

Now read that again, and imagine the smell. Flippin’ amazing. If it hadn’t been raining outside, I might almost have believed I was in the Mediterranean.

Rich and tomatoey white bean gratin. This turned out even better than I hoped! The flavours are just amazing. A rich tomato sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pesto, and a crispy cheese topping. Unbelievably delicious!

I wanted to keep this recipe really simple, so it doesn’t need any pre-cooking – just mix together a few ingredients, add the breadcrumbs, and bake. Hopefully my fellow lazy folk will appreciate that!

Usually, to get a really rich tomato sauce, you’d need to simmer it for ages and ages… but ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, to avoid needing to pre-cook anything, just make sure you use a really good quality tin of tomatoes – I used my favourite Cirio tomatoes. If you use cheapy tinned tomatoes, this recipe will be rubbish. I’m warning you now! You really need the rich flavour from great tomatoes, and in my opinion Cirio is definitely the way to go. I promise, you will notice the difference as soon as you open the tin!

Rich and tomatoey white bean gratin. This turned out even better than I hoped! The flavours are just amazing. A rich tomato sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pesto, and a crispy cheese topping. Unbelievably delicious!

This tomatoey white bean gratin could be served as a main dish or a side, depending on what else you’re serving. Personally I think it’s pretty amazing alongside just a green salad and a chunk of crusty bread (for mopping up that rich tomato sauce!), but it would make a great protein-rich side dish too. Whatever floats your boat.

By the way, sorry for the extra couple of photos in this post. I usually try to stick to 4 photos max, but I was so happy with this white bean gratin, I got a little carried away, and didn’t know which to cull. Forgive me!

Rich and tomatoey white bean gratin. This turned out even better than I hoped! The flavours are just amazing. A rich tomato sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pesto, and a crispy cheese topping. Unbelievably delicious!

Rich and tomatoey white bean gratin

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main meal
Servings: 4
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 2 x 400g tins cannellini beans, drained (240g, or ~ 1 1/4 cups, per tin when drained)
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes (~ 1 1/3 cups)
  • 75 g sliced black olives (~ 2/3 cup)
  • 100 g roughly chopped sun-dried tomatoes (~ 2/3 cup)
  • 1 tbsp basil pesto (I used homemade)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 30 g coarse breadcrumbs (~ 3/4 cup)
  • 30 g grated vegetarian parmesan-style cheese (~ 1/8 cup) - omit for a vegan dish
  • Spray oil
  • Fresh basil, to serve

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • Add the drained cannellini beans to a large mixing bowl, and add the tinned tomatoes, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and olive oil. Mix well, and season to taste.
  • Trasnfer the bean mixture to a baking dish, and top with the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan. Spray lightly with oil, and bake for around 1 hour, or until the breadcrumbs are crispy and golden brown, and the bean mixture is piping hot.
  • Serve topped with fresh basil.

 

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Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for a quarter of the recipe.

Love Cirio tomatoes? They’re also brilliant for making a rich tomato sauce for meatballs, like my Mediterranean lentil meatballs:

Mediterranean lentil meatballs with tomato sauce

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Jacqui Paterson (@Jax2000)

Friday 8th of July 2016

This looks SO GOOD! If I could cook I'd totally make this... ;) x

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Saturday 9th of July 2016

It doesn't really require any cooking skill at all! Just mix a few things together, add some breadcrumbs, and put it in the oven. Very hard to get wrong!

Sophia @ Little Box Brownie

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

What a great pie to come home to on a cold winters night, looks amazing.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Thursday 7th of July 2016

It would be great in the winter, but works well when it's warm out too - just serve it alongside some salad to freshen it up a bit :)

Linda Hobbis

Saturday 2nd of July 2016

It's got olives and cheese and is worth attempting for that reason alone in my book. Looks fab.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 4th of July 2016

You sound like my kind of person! ;)

Hannah

Saturday 2nd of July 2016

I need to give this a try - lets hope I don't fail at making it!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 4th of July 2016

That would be basically impossible, it's so easy :)

Rachel

Saturday 2nd of July 2016

Now this does look like a big owl of comfort food, I love the addition of tomatoes x

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