Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

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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

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  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 rashers streaky bacon, cut into large-ish pieces
  • 1 tsp sugar, brown if you have it
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml stock from a cube
  • 410g can cannellini beans, butter or haricot beans in water

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 potatoes, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 tsp oil

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  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2008

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mccroft's picture
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Tried this for lunch yesturday and I was really surprised how tasty it was. The children asked for seconds so thumbs up. I used dried beans so had to pre-soak them over night but at 42p for 500g (almost doubles when soaked in water)this turned out to be a mega cheap meal. I added a bit more bacon but I will happily make this again without. Will try freezing the sauce next time so I'm prepared quick last minute meals.

momshakespeare's picture

My kids are yeast intolerant so tinned baked beans are out for them. I have been searching for a recipe for a long time that could rival tinned beans for small children. This is the best. If you puree it before the beans go in and use petit haricot or navy beans, it is as close as you can get to the "real thing" according to my little ones. It is also Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Yeast Free if using homemade stock.
I always have a batch of the sauce in the freezer and just add beans when needed.

champain's picture
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Delicious! I used passata instead of tinned tomatoes to make it more saucy and it was fantastic. Really yummy.

cat123's picture
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Tastier than beans from a tin, and probably better for you - I'll definitely be making be making these again.

rizzle85's picture
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Crumpets or toast? WHAT?!! Odd side suggestions aside, this meal definitely needs some meat with it, the wedges were nice but in my opinion just not enough to fill you up.


claregee's picture

Easy and quick to prepare and taste really wholesome. Great as a lunch at the weekend.

michellelouise's picture
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I made this a few nights ago and it went down an absolute storm. Takes next to no time to prepare, will definatly be making again.

fionablandford's picture

These make great quick after work dinna on toast or crumpets! I added chilli paste for extra added taste and it was great. Keeps well to.