Mediterranean Braised Beans

gluten free side dish

Beans slowly simmered with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and an array of seasonings result in an extremely satisfying gluten free side dish that pairs beautifully with sausage, grilled fish, or roast chicken.

Mediterranean Braised Beans

Servings 6
Calories 257 kcal
Author Ben Mastracco


  • 1 (16-ounce) bag dried lima, fava, or white kidney beans
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup loosely packed Italian parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh oregano, coarsely chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Place the beans in a large pot with a lid and add water several inches to cover. Soak overnight, or to quick soak, bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, and let stand for 1 hour. Drain.
  2. In the same pot over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer. Stir in 3 cups water, the beans, the wine, tomatoes, vinegar, parsley, oregano, thyme, paprika, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Add 2 teaspoons salt and continue cooking until the beans are tender, 1/2 to 1 hour longer.
  3. Remove the lid and cook until the liquid has reduced and the beans are saucy but not watery, about 15 minutes longer. Remove the bay leaves, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Braised Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 666mg19%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1532IU31%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photography Ben Mastracco

2 Comments on “Mediterranean Braised Beans”

  1. Looks a amazing! Will try the quick soak so they will be ready for dinner tonight:-))

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