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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11th Jul, 2011
I added a splash of worcester sauce and parsley to the bean sauce, was delicious and filling!
18th May, 2011
just made the beans, went down really well with the hubby, served with a few chunky home made chips and nice easy tea. Also used beef stock instead of chicken, might try chicken next time? beef was lovely though. I also left it to simmer longer than required, made the beans softer and the sauce nice and thick, delicious!
6th Apr, 2011
These beans are amazing! I served mine with a baked potato instead of the wedges - yum!
17th Mar, 2011
Just made this...absolutely brilliant. I drained the beans before adding (it doesn't say to in the recipe) as I thought the sauce would be very thin otherwise. I think next time I'll try adding some celery and diced carrot to add to the veg content. A very scrummy quick weeknight meal!
25th Feb, 2011
Great recipe. Made these tonight for the first time, having read all the positive comments. And yes, they are truly better than regular baked beans. As per some of the comments, I added a carton of passata (200ml) and used chicken stock. I also added a dash of worcestershire sauce. Definitely doing these again, but will make more next time, so that I have some for lunch the next day.
10th Feb, 2011
i also used chicken stock in mine, did anyone use an alternative and what did they think?
10th Feb, 2011
very nice and tasty, i didn't use streaky bacon but it was still very nice, added a little chilli sauce for a bit of kick and served it with pitta breads with a bit of grated cheddar on top. delicious, cheap and quick to make.
3rd Feb, 2011
Easy, cheap and tasty - jazzed it up with a shaking of paprika and made sweet potato wedges with cajun seasoning instead. Also served with grated cheese on top and a dollop of creme fraiche - delicious!
22nd Jan, 2011
Just made these, but not eating them until lunch tomorrow. Thought like suggested they would taste better for overnighting in the fridge. I will make with smaller beans next time, and will add less stock as i prefer the sauce thicker. I also added some grated nutmeg and a couple of dashes of Hendersons relish.
13th Oct, 2010
Made this tonight for dinner, it was really tasty but think its more of a glorified snack than a proper dinner. Will make again when its just for me.


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