Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 2
Students' cuisine may be the butt of many a joke, but with these nutrient-packed, low-fat and cheap beans, they get the last laugh

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal399
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre0g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.14g
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  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced



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  • 2 rashers streaky bacon, cut into large-ish pieces
  • 1 tsp sugar, brown if you have it



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  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 200ml stock from a cube
  • 410g can cannellini bean, butter or haricot beans in water
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For the wedges

  • 1 tbsp white flour (plain or self-raising)
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, paprika or mild chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herb (optional)
  • 2 baking potato, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 tsp oil


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. For the wedges, mix the flour, cayenne and herbs (if using), add some salt and pepper, then toss with the potatoes and oil until well coated. Tip into a roasting tin, then bake for about 35 mins until crisp and cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick pan, then gently fry the onion and bacon together for 5-10 mins until the onions are softened and just starting to turn golden. Stir in the sugar, tomatoes, stock and seasoning to taste, then simmer the sauce for 5 mins. Add the beans, then simmer for another 5 mins until the sauce has thickened. Serve with the wedges.

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Comments (70)

tamaragilder's picture

I only did the beans but it was a bit bland - not sure I'd make again.

misskiti's picture

Pretty yummy! Ive got to be honest, i cheated and bought seasoned wedges though. I did feel like I should have served this with some other veg as well.

lewisc14's picture

I added some chilli for an extra kick. Enjoyed it, but its more of a snack than a proper meal. Doesn't quite fill you up. The potatoes were lovely. Came out really well. I used the left over beans on some toast the next day for work and my colleagues commented on how great it smelt.

diddsy's picture

I love this meal and cook it all the time! It goes down a treat at fireworks, or anywhere that you have a bunch of cold people that need filling up and warming up! I often make a vat of it to feed soggy rygby player post match! But i also cook it for me and my boyfriend when its the end of the month and we are both poor!!

mo0o0o's picture

I added some extra chilli's giving it a lovely wonderful kick to the beans which really complimented the wedges :)

monenna's picture

I added the balsamic vinegar and the beans were a complete success. The wedges were a bit dry though, I'll maybe leave out the flour and add a bit more oil next time

minoumouse2's picture

I've made this a couple of times now and it is a cheap and cheerful tasty meal. I slightly changed the coating for the potato wedges - used polenta instead of flour and a mixture of salt, fennel seeds (pounded in a pestle and mortar) and smoked paprika and also par boiled the potatoes for 5 minutes, shaking them in the pan to fluff the edges before adding the coating and baking in the oven. served peas and sweetcorn with it.

khitajrah's picture

None of us in a family of 5 liked it. Won't be doing it again.

bigbirdjabba's picture

used quorn sausage instead of bacon for my son - he said it was delicious -- must be good as he is very picky

ruthparti's picture

Made this for tea last night, really tasty. Took me a bit longer than 35 mins to get my wedges the way I liked them, I used a mix of paprika and chilli and found this to be a good mix. I will definately be doing this again soon.

youngcolin's picture


Very quick, and very tasty. Couple of points though for my own tastes...

- I like the wedges but my partner found them a tad hot, so half the cayenne, or use paprika if you prefer not really rather hot

- Any stock will do, but I found when added, it needed a good 10 mins on a high heat to reduce significantly

- Some soured cream and some chives on top was a real winner!

maggyfaz's picture

Not so keen on the wedges - prefer the 'Cook Yourself Thin' version of potatoes, egg white and chilli. However, the beans were absolutely gorgeous! It's quite unbelievable how something so simple can taste so good! A definite winner!

mrsnoonoo's picture

Really liked this. Added chilli powder and one more rasher of bacon.Wedges were ok- didn't think they were spicy at all. Will make again.

steffy1985's picture

really enjoyed this, loved the spicy wedges although mine were a little too hot.

Felt the beans needs jazzing up a bit so i added a drizzle of balsamic vinager (i love the stuff) i also added a clove of garlic.

I also feel it is 10 times better when left in the fridge and heated up the next day.

maggyfaz's picture

A surprisingly good dish! Really easy and extremely tasty. Even my fussy three-year-old loved it. A firm family favourite.

beckahw's picture

A little splash of balsamic vinegar at the end is a great addition!

laurenallchurch's picture

This pleased even my incredibly difficult family, half of whom love meat, half aren't keen on it. It was also really cheap to make. I'll definitely be cooking this again.

izabelle_i's picture

I did this simple, healthy and inexpensive dish yesterday and my flatmates and I found this recipe a good alternative to canned baked beans in tomatoe sauce.
We liked especially the wedges, but I used more bacon than suggested.

All in all the taste was not extraordinary, next time I will use the canned beans again, but adding the wedges.

girlwiththemostcake's picture

Great recipe. Really easy and the beans were very tasty. Only problem was that the half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper made the wedges way too hot! Even my husband, who loves spicy food, said his mouth was burning a little too much! Suggesting that cayenne, chilli powder and paprika are interchangeable is a bit misleading as they aren't of equal heat. I will definitely make this again, but be a bit more cautious with the spices!!

joanne.webb's picture

I want to try this tonight can anyone suggest what stock to use, whether chicken, beef or just veg stock, Is Boulion ok to use.


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