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white bean, spinach and couscous bake

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Carolyn Haas
Whitewater, WI

This is inspired by a recipe from a gluten-free website. You can used brown-rice couscous if gluten is an issue. Couscous, or kuskus is common in Turkey, as well as other areas bordering the Mediterranean.

(1 rating)
yield 4 -6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For white bean, spinach and couscous bake

  • 1 c
    couscous, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 lg
    yellow onion, diced
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 can
    fire roasted tomatoes (14.5oz) drained, reserve liquid
  • 15 oz
    white beans (14.5 oz will do)
  • 1/4 c
    fresh basil, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/3 c
    pine nuts or walnuts, broken into small pieces
  • 5 c
    baby spinach
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c
    crumbled feta cheese

How To Make white bean, spinach and couscous bake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Gently saute the onion until tender about 4-5 minutes then add the minced garlic and saute 2-3 minutes more until softened and onions are translucent.
  • 2
    Add the drained fire roasted tomatoes and crush any large chunks. Add the white beans and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes or until beans are warmed through, stirring frequently.
  • 3
    Add the fresh spinach and gently turn and toss so that it will start to wilt, about 1-2 minutes.
  • 4
    In a large bowl combine half of the precooked couscous, reserved tomato juice, minced basil, nuts, salt and pepper; mix thoroughly.
  • 5
    Fold the bean and tomato mixture into the couscous mixture until combined then spread half of it into the bottom of a shallow baking dish or individual ramekins. Sprinkle the feta evenly over the dish then top with the remaining couscous mixture.
  • 6
    Cover the dish with foil and bake 15-25 minutes until warmed through and bubbly. At the very end of the cooking time uncover the baking dish and put it under the broiler just to lightly brown the top, 1-2 minutes.

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