Bean Casserole


An ideal winter recipe. The bread can be replaced by mashed potato or polenta. Serve with a salad or steamed vegetables.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 1 medium carrot, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 6 fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and carrot; cook and stir until onion is tender and transparent. Stir in the sugar, red pepper and mushrooms and continue to cook until onion is browned.

  3. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir to blend. Cook for 1 minute then mix in the water and tomato paste. Season with basil and thyme. Mix in the beans and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased casserole dish.

  4. Pour the remaining oil into a shallow dish. Dip one side of each slice of bread in the oil, then arrange on top of the casserole with the oiled side up. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.

  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bread and cheese are toasted.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

421 Calories
14g Fat
60g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 421
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 1014mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 152mg 12%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 397mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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