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Grilled Leeks with Cannellini Beans and Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe

Grilled Leeks with Cannellini Beans and Spicy Tomato Sauce recipe


This dish has soft grilled leeks on top of creamy white beans. It's spicy because of a special tomato sauce. We use nuts and herbs to make it taste really good. It's a warm meal for everyone!


2 x 400 g cans of Cannellini Beans
4 medium-sized Leeks
4 Garlic Cloves
120 ml Vegetable Broth
2 medium Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/2 Lemon
20 g Fresh Basil
30 g Walnuts
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
80 ml Dry White Wine
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Olive Oil for cooking


Preheat your oven to 200°C (390°F).
Drain and rinse the cannellini beans. Set aside.
Trim the dark green tops off the leeks, keeping the root on. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise, then rinse each half under cold water, gently fanning the layers to remove any dirt.
Place the leeks cut-side down in an ovenproof dish, pour in the vegetable broth, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, turning once to cut-side up halfway through.
While the leeks are baking, dice the tomatoes and finely chop the garlic cloves.
In a saucepan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cumin seeds, cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and white wine to the saucepan. Let it simmer until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In another pan, warm 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add the cannellini beans and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. If desired, mash a portion of the beans with a fork to create a creamier texture.
Zest the lemon and chop the basil. Crush the walnuts into smaller pieces.
Once the leeks are tender and slightly charred, remove them from the oven.
To serve, spread the warm beans on a plate, top with grilled leeks, and spoon the spicy tomato sauce over the top.
Garnish with lemon zest, fresh basil, and crushed walnuts. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil if desired.

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