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From 101 Cookbooks. I made this for a dinner party last night and there is no leftovers. Can easily be veganized by leaving out the cheese, which is how I'll make it in the future. I also used a basil pesto as one of our guests hates cilantro.
- 1 lb large dried white bean (corona, giant limas, gigantes, or any giant white beans you can finds, rinsed, picked over and soake)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 pinches red pepper flakes
- 2 pinches salt
- 1 large garlic clove, chopped
- 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can chipotle peppers
- 1 medium garlic clove
- 1⁄3 cup fresh cilantro
- 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch salt
- 2⁄3 cup kale (washed, de-stemmed, and very finely chopped) or 2⁄3 cup chard leaves (washed, de-stemmed, and very finely chopped)
- 1 cup queso fresco
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs (toasted in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil)
- To prepare the beans:
- Drain and rinse the beans after their overnight soak. Then place them in a large saucepan and cover with an inch or two of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the beans are cooked through and just tender. This can take anywhere from an hour to two hours (potentially more) depending on your beans, but do your best to avoid overcooking.
- Remove from heat, salt the beans (still in bean broth) with about a tablespoon of salt - enough that the bean liquid is tasty but on the salty side.
- Let the beans sit like this for ten minutes or so before draining and setting the beans aside.
- In the meantime, make your tomato sauce:
- Place the 2 tablespoons olive oil, red pepper flakes, couple pinches of salt, and chopped garlic into a cold medium saucepan.
- Stir while you heat the saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Saute just 45 seconds or so until everything is fragrant - you don't want the garlic to brown.
- Stir in the tomatoes and the fresh oregano and heat to a gentle simmer, this takes just a couple minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the adobo sauce - carefully take a taste (you don't want to burn your tongue).
- Make the cilantro pesto by combining the clove of garlic and cilantro in a food processor.
- Pulse while you drizzle in the olive oil - alternately, you could do this by hand.
- Season with a bit of salt and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 425F degrees.
- In a 9x13 baking pan (or large oven-proof casserole/dutch oven) toss the beans with the tomato sauce and the kale.
- Sprinkle with the cheese and bake in the top-third of the oven for roughly twenty-five to forty minutes. Look for the cheese to start browning and any visible beans to get a bit crusty.
- Remove from oven and let sit for about ten minutes.
- Top the beans with the breadcrumbs and just before serving drizzle with the cilantro pesto.