Gigantes plaki is a Greek dish and couldn't be easier or tastier. Good for a weekend lunch with friends or something to prepare at the weekend and have during the week as an after-work dinner.
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, cook the onion and garlic over medium heat for 10 mins until softened but not browned. Add the tomato purée, cook for a further minute, add remaining ingredients, then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Season generously, then stir in the butter beans.
Move all ingredients into a large ovenproof dish, then bake for an hour at 180 degrees, uncovered and without stirring, until the beans are tender.
Allow to cool, then serve with parsley and a squeeze of lemon.
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