Sweet and Savory Vegetarian Bean Casserole

Total Time
55mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

From the cookbook Vegetarian Cooking by Crescent Publishers. One of my favorite vegetarian bean dishes that I like to serve with basmati rice or brown rice and a tossed green salad. If you don't want to use kidney beans, red beans or black will do. I prepare this often in the autumn and winter. PS This casserole always tastes better the second day.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. *In non-stick pan heat the oil and saute the onions, apples and carrots for 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Mix together the tomato paste with the stock (or water).
  4. Add all the other ingredients except for the beans and garnishes to the pan with the onions, apples and carrots.
  5. Stir well, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the beans and transfer the mixture into an ovenproof casserole. Cover and bake at 350 degrees. for 35-40 minutes. Do not allow to dry out. Add more stock to beans if necessary.
  7. Garnish with swirls of sour cream and thinly sliced scallions if desired.
  8. *NOTE: I usually prepare this bean casserole a day in advance; up to the point before baking to allow the ingredients to marry.
Most Helpful

This is just plain YUMMY. Sweet enough to entice the family to try something different (translate: beans???????? and where's the meat??????) I didn't have dry mustard so threw in a huge tablespoon of dijon. I skipped the baking step, just kept adding stuff to the frypan (skillet) and then put the lid on and left it. It's beautifully saucey, tangy yet sweet and with interesting texture. I did only put the one apple in as Cookgirl told me by email and also added a cup of sliced celery just cos I thought it needed some green. Deliciously different. Will be freezing a portion just out of interest, to see how it copes with a freeze and thaw. What a blessing this Zaar site is. I would never have tried this in a Pink Fit normally! : )))

RubberDucky AU February 27, 2007

This was pretty tasty. I used 1 can of kidney beans and 1 of black beans. I think I might reduce the amount of apple to one next time as it seemed like more apple than beans but the flavor was very good. Made a nice accompaniment to a cheese sandwich. Thanks for the recipe Cookgirl!

flower7 November 25, 2006

This is a five star recipe all the way! I forgot how good apples can be in main dishes! First, using Granny Smith apples brought a tangy taste that was a delightful change. Second, it is so easy to make! I never got to step 6 (baking) and I don't think I needed it. I think the veggies would have been too mushy for my liking if they cooked longer. I added another tsp cumin, cause I'm into it. I think I will add another bit of brown(about 1/2 tsp)next time. I left off the sour cream and served it over couscous with a squeeze of lemon. Cookgirl, you have brought me back to using apples in something other than pie!

Happy Harry #2 March 19, 2006