Backyard Gigante Beans and Butternut Squash

Total Time:
15 hr 25 min
1 hr 25 min
12 hr
2 hr

4 servings

  • 1 cup gigante beans
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Pinch red chile flakes
  • Salt
  • 1/2 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped papalo or cilantro
  • Squash blossoms, for garnish, optional
  • Place the gigante beans in a saucepan and cover with water. Soak overnight.

  • The next day, add to the beans the bay leaves, garlic, red chile flakes and some salt. Put the saucepan over medium-high heat and cook for 1 hour, then drain and remove the bay leaves.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Place two-thirds of the cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, salt and pepper, and put into the oven. Roast until caramelized, about 30 minutes.

  • To a food processor, add the celery, carrots, onions and remaining butternut squash. Process until the vegetables are uniform in shape.

  • Put a saute pan over medium-high heat and add oil to coat. Once heated, add the processed sofrito and season with salt and pepper. Saute until caramelized, 30 minutes, adding more oil if necessary.

  • To the saucepan of beans, add the roasted squash, sofrito, tomatoes, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, paprika, lime juice and papalo. Stir to combine and taste. Season if necessary.

  • Serve garnished with squash blossoms, if desired and if they are available!

Papalo is a delicious herb that tastes like cilantro with a flavor that can be up to 3 times as strong. I have a beautiful papalo plant in my garden, but if you can't find it, substitute the same amount of cilantro, adding a little more for a stronger effect if desired.

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