Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

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(62 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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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
4th Jun, 2012
What a surprise!! Cheap, easy and scrummy!! Will def do again.
1st May, 2012
Really enjoyed these. Added chopped chorizo that I'd been meaning to do something with in the fridge, gave the dish a delicious smokey taste.
23rd Apr, 2012
due to some of the comments about it being more a snack than dinner I added few cut up hot dogs\frankfurters in the beginning stage and is was a very filling dinner for me, my partner and daughter. It was very tasty will definitely make again
8th Apr, 2012
lovely, filling, cheap and cheerful meal. i used veg stock and might add some chorizo next time.
29th Feb, 2012
Even better because him indoors cooked them, he was very impressed with the results (modestly)! Will try the addition of balsamic vinegar next time, as suggested.
20th Nov, 2011
A very moorish meal but added a dash of tomato puree to jazz up the sauce. Gonna make more wedges as 8 is just not enough!
17th Aug, 2011
Made this tonight. Impressed with the wedges as they were so easy and very tasty. Used Cayenne pepper Used an extra rasher of bacon, tinned butter beans and half tsp of chilli powder to beans and although I had reserves when I was dishing it up it was really good. Definately a make again and next time I will take the time to use beans that have soaked overnight taking the overall cost down even less. Every penny counts as they say...


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