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Black bean casserole

Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus soaking.
Cooking time: 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
Oven temperature: 180°C, 350°F, gas 4.
Calories: 512 per portion

ingredients

serves 4
400 g (14 oz) black beans, soaked overnight
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, sliced
2 celery sticks, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
175 g (6 oz) frankfurter sausages, sliced
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 bay leaf
500 g (1 1/4 lb) tomatoes, peeled and chopped
salt and pepper
chopped parsley, to garnish

method

1. Drain the beans, put in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, boil for 10 minutes, then simmer gently for 1 hour. Drain and reserve 450 ml (3/4 pint) of the liquid.

2. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole, add the onions and fry for 5-10 minutes until transparent. Add the celery, carrots and garlic and fry for 3-4 minutes.

3. Add the remaining ingredients, with the beans, reserved liquid, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook in the oven for 1 - 1 1/2 hours until the beans are soft. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve immediately.

It is essential that the black beans are soaked overnight and then cooked exactly as described above. Cook a larger quantity and use the surplus in a salad.

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