Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

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(59 ratings)

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 potatoes, 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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8th Nov, 2012
Easy, cheap and filling but too sweet! I swapped streaky bacon for cubes of cook's bacon as it was cheaper and used more to make it a bit meatier. Also ignored the recipe given for the wedges and made them my own way with rosemary, thyme, smoked paprika and a little chilli powder.
1st Nov, 2012
Whoops... Forgot to rate... With less sugar, I will only make these beans and ditch the processed can version!!!!
1st Nov, 2012
Excellent! But too sweet!
17th Oct, 2012
Nice enough flavours but I found the sauce a bit too watery. If I did it again I would definitely use passata as someone else suggested. I did do it in a slow cooker though so it may reduce down a bit more on the hob. I used sweet potatoes for the wedges and they had a really kick with cayenne pepper.
16th Oct, 2012
great tasty and quick meal! will be having again but trying not to fallin love with it!
3rd Oct, 2012
Ok so is the fact i used a can of chopped tomatoes why mine was sooo runny! Ended up using more stock minus the liquid but still didnt thicken very well!? Ewas tasty but could have been tastier X
24th Sep, 2012
Is there an alternative to the bacon in this recipe, if anyone can suggest would be great :)
27th Jun, 2012
Just had this for our dinner.We added one tea spoon of lazy chillie and had crusty bread instead of the wedges ,very nice thankyou
10th Jun, 2012
Perfect comfort food on a rainy Melbourne night. I played around with the beans by doubling the bacon, onion and beans but using only one can of chopped tomatoes, the 200 ml of stock and about 3 tablespoons of tomato paste, which made the sauce nice and rich without being too runny. There's enough of the beans left for brekfast tomorrow, will probably reheat them in the oven with a couple of eggs cracked over them.
8th Jun, 2012
Excellent I used dried canellini beans (soaked overnight) - I added Worcester Sauce about 1tbsp and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Very nice indeed - didn't even need to go shopping for ingredients. My Australian husband was not impressed he called it 'war food' although he doesn't like the tinned variety either ! Will definitely make again


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