Gigantes Plaki

Gigantes Plaki

Preparation time: 10

Cooking time: 30

Number of servings: 2

Carbon Footprint (per serving): 1.37 kgCO2e


  • 1 onion.
  • 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Splash of oil.
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon.
  • 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes.
  • 1 teaspoon basil.
  • Splash of lemon juice.
  • 1 400g tin butter beans – drained and rinsed.
  • 1 vegetable stock cubes.
  • 75g feta cheese or salad cheese, crumbled.
  • Fresh basil for garnish.


  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic and put into a large saucepan.
  2. Add the oil and cinnamon and cook on a low heat until the onion is soft.
  3. Add the lemon juice and basil and stir in, simmering on a low heat.
  4. Stir in the butter beans.
  5. Crumble in the vegetable stock cube and stir well to dissolve.
  6. Continue to simmer for on a low heat for at least 20 minutes – the longer it cooks the better!
  7. Ladle into bowls and garnish with the crumbled cheese.
  8. Add fresh basil leaves to garnish.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • Access to kitchen hob.
  • Large saucepan.
  • Wooden spoon (or other stirring utensil).
  • Ladle (or other deep spoon for serving or pour from saucepan).
  • Chopping board.
  • Sharp knife.
  • Teaspoon or teaspoon measurer.
  • Sieve (or other way to drain beans).

Considering Carbon Footprint

Carbon footprint (per serving): 1.37 kgCO2e. This is the same as making 65 mugs of tea.*

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*Calculations made using the Carbon Footprint Calculator created by the Consumer Data Research Centre at University of Leeds.

More Useful Information

  • Gigantes Plaki (pronounced yee-gahn-dess plar-kee) is a Greek dish and can also be eaten cold as a mezze or snack or mixed with leftover rice and stuffed into a pitta bread for next day’s lunch.
  • If you don’t have any basil, parsley works well as well.
  • This mixture could also be easily turned into burgers:
    • Strain off the tomato sauce
    • Crush the butter beans
    • Add an extra clove of garlic and a pinch of dried chilli flakes
    • Gently mash the beans and shape into burgers with floured hands
    • Fry for a few minutes on each side.
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