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

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

421 calories; protein 16.8g; carbohydrates 59.8g; fat 13.7g; cholesterol 5.5mg; sodium 1013.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

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Rating: 4 stars
08/25/2007
This recipe is wonderful! Instead of bread I topped it with polenta - I just bought the sort of pre-made polenta in a tube then sliced it and layered it on top of the bean and vegetable mixture. The polenta browned up nicely in the oven and it was great. My boyfriend is a vegetarian so I'm always on the lookout for recipes that we'll both enjoy. This one was hearty and savory and we loved it. I think the spices could also be easily altered to make it a "southwestern" bean casserole - next time I'll try chili powder and cumin and top it with cornbread mix. Wonderful! Read More
(6)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/10/2008
This recipe takes a while to put together. I like the fact that it is very healthy. However we found it very bland and added a shots of HP and barbecue sauce in our bowels. Next time I will add a few table spoons of these sauces to the recipe. It will also add some needed moisture. Read More
(4)
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2007
This recipe is wonderful! Instead of bread I topped it with polenta - I just bought the sort of pre-made polenta in a tube then sliced it and layered it on top of the bean and vegetable mixture. The polenta browned up nicely in the oven and it was great. My boyfriend is a vegetarian so I'm always on the lookout for recipes that we'll both enjoy. This one was hearty and savory and we loved it. I think the spices could also be easily altered to make it a "southwestern" bean casserole - next time I'll try chili powder and cumin and top it with cornbread mix. Wonderful! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2006
My husband really liked this and it's easy to make. I used a 7x11 casserole. I have no idea how you can fit 1/2 a pound of bread on the top though. Next time I will try it with mashed potatoes instead of bread. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2006
I put this together and left it for the kids with baking instructions. There was nothing left when I got home and they all raved about it - they even washed the casserole dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2009
Good recipe for a cold night. I did swap out the french loaf for a whole wheat bread and added some romano with the parmesan. Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
01/10/2008
This recipe takes a while to put together. I like the fact that it is very healthy. However we found it very bland and added a shots of HP and barbecue sauce in our bowels. Next time I will add a few table spoons of these sauces to the recipe. It will also add some needed moisture. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2010
I am surprised how good this is. These are the changes I made and I doubled the recipe. My 1.5 year old loves this: add chicken broth for water add Italian seasoning for the spices use can of the tomato paste use one can Kidney beans and one can black beans crumble the roll of polenta (no bread) on top and add Parmesan. Very yummy and good for you Read More
(4)
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Rating: 4 stars
09/04/2006
I just made this for the 1st time today. Prep time was longer than 5 minutes but no big deal. I did try to use mashed potatoes on top instead of the bread and even tho it tasted great it looked like a mess. I will make it again with bread next time. But it was delicious. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2006
Very yummy indeed. Thank you. I would even suggest having it as an accompanyment to a braai (guess you can tell I'm from South Africa) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2013
The flavor was quite a surprise. I enjoyed it a lot and will be making it again. Read More
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