Hearty Italian Bean Casserole

The clock’s have gone back, the evenings are drawing in, and the air is fresh and crisp. I love the beauty of the Autumn season; the changing colours of nature’s palate and crunching my way through piles of golden horse chestnut leaves. The cold and extra layers of clothing… I love less so; but I’m working on it. What makes the foray into the cold that much sweeter however, is the return home to a hearty, warming dinner.

In today’s post, I’m sharing a recipe for an Italian bean casserole that’s just perfect for the cold weather seasons. It’s hearty, warming and filling. It’s also packed with lots of immune-boosting nutrients to keep those pesky cold germs at bay.

The casserole is really simple to make and uses basic pantry ingredients. I love my casseroles to be rich in flavour so I add a mix of dried herbs and spices from my pantry, as well as balsamic vinegar. I also add a couple of tablespoons of tahini (sesame paste). Not only does this add a touch of creaminess and savoury flavour to the casserole, but it also adds B vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fats.

The casserole is highly adaptable, so please do customise it to suit your own preferences. I choose to use borlotti beans as they’re one of my favourites, but I imagine that butter beans, pinto beans or even kidney beans would also work well. You could even use cans of mixed beans, if they’re available in your local area. If you want to add some ‘chewy’ or ‘meaty’ texture to the casserole, you could throw in some slices of veggie sausage.

 

Big thank you to the lovely folks at Suma for supplying the ingredients used to create this recipe…

Suma Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Suma Organic Paprika
Suma Organic Dried Oregano
Suma Organic Chilli Powder
Suma Organic Chopped Tomatoes with Basil
Suma Organic Tomato Puree
Aspall Organic Balsamic Vinegar
Suma Organic Light Tahini
Suma Organic Borlotti Beans

In the UK, Suma products are available to purchase in independent health food shops.

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If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear your feedback and any suggestions for adaptations. Tag your photos with #bitofthegoodstuff on social media and they’ll find their way to me. You can also connect with me on my social media channels here: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.   

With love,

 

 

p.s. Here are a couple of pics that I took whilst out on my run this morning. Check out those golden leaves. Aren’t they beautiful? 😍

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6 Responses to Hearty Italian Bean Casserole

  1. Sounds yummy. Would never of thought to add tahini to a casserole

    • Hey Dan! I’ve only recently discovered how delicious tahini is in casseroles. It really enhance to the savouriness of the dish, plus it adds a touch of creaminess. I’m looking forward to more tahini experiments…. maybe curry next time? 😉

  2. Markio

    Lovely! Great for a chilly autumn evening!!!

  3. Looks amazing, and I love your Autumn pictures too. It’s great to be back here btw 🙂

    • Thank you so much Sarojini! ❤️ It really is a beautiful time of year 🍂🍁and I think the colours are even better than usual this year (maybe due to our hot summer?) So pleased to hear you’re back blogging once again. We’ve missed you! xx

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