‘Gigantes’ – Oven giant beans


In Greece we eat frequently those white giant beans. They have such a full flavor, they are nutritious and healthy, I love them. They remind me of my grandparents Kleopatra and Zissis. I cannot really tell you why, I think I cannot write this but let’s say that it’s one of my best childhood memories with them. They need a little bit of before night soaking but other than that they easy to make and can be eaten warm or cold.


the recipe


  • 200gr. giant beans Arosis
  • 500gr. red sauce
  • 3 carrots in thick slices
  • 2tbsp. minced parsley
  • 6 sun dried tomatoes cut in pieces
  • 1 onion in slices
  • 2 garlic cloves in slices
  • 40gr. olive oil
  • 2 laurel leaves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • a touch of oregano



  • Soak the beans in lots of water for a whole night before cooking.
  • Boil the beans in plain water until they get soft but not lose their shape.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C.
  • When the beans are ready we put them in a pan adding only a little of the boiling water (4-5tbsp.). We put in the pan the rest of the ingredients of the recipe and we mix well.
  • Bake for about 40′ until your beans get crispy on top (or less if you want them soft) and..

Enjoy !



  • Grandma and grandpa didn’t use sun dried tomato but they used to bake the giant beans in a wooden oven.. Memories!
I was looking for giant beans here in Netherlands and I finally found the beans Arosis in  Greek Foodtales!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. chefkreso says:

    I made these a few day ago for dinner, so yummy 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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