Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

Better-than-baked beans with spicy wedges

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(66 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


  • 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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daniellehodge100's picture
21st Jan, 2019
After reading the other comments I made a couple of changes :) I used a 500g carton of passata instead of chopped toms and I used 2 tins of beans (1x cannellini 1x butter). I also bubbled it in the pan for the 35 mins the wedges were in the oven and it was DELICIOUS! Will definitely be making it again (with my adjustments ;) )
10th Jul, 2017
This recipe is quick cheap and simple to do. It does beat baked beans and I love the added bacon. I don't use the recipe for wedges I prefer to chuck ready made ones on and leave this simmer for a no effort week night dinner. I add smoked paprika, Worcester sauce and lessen the sugar.
26th May, 2017
Cheap and easy to make. Thank you
15th May, 2017
"Possibly the best wedges ever" to quote an ex-student who knows such things!! The bean/bacon combo was good and filling too and it was all served as brunch.
17th Jul, 2015
I wanted a low-fat midweek meal that I could add a portion of chicken breast (delicious on the George Foreman!) to, and this was what I decided to make. Doubled the quantities - some of them at least - as I wanted left-overs too. Along with the bacon and onions, I added a couple of cloves of garlic, and used 500ml of passata rather than the tinned tomatoes, with just the 200ml of stock and it made a lovely rich and thick sauce. Better-than-baked-beans??? .. no, I don't think so. BUT, with those tweaks as I've noted, seasoning and some chilli flakes they were much enjoyed by all. The potato wedges however were totally spoiled by the inclusion of the flour - it just made them a strangely dry consistency and had no real flavour and I would stick to my flour-less way in future.
12th Jul, 2015
We didn't enjoy this much, prefer baked beans from the tin I'm afraid to say!
27th Jul, 2014
Are people who found the sauce runny using the water the canned beans came in? If so then it's hardly surprising! Didn't add the sugar in one go - just a pinch or 2 til it tasted right. Quick, easy and tasty.
madmrsmonkey's picture
9th Nov, 2013
Only ever mad the beans in the slow cooker and they are delicious (cooked exactly as the recipe says), my 2 year old boys love them too. The wedges were a little bland so I will use a bit more spice next time.
25th Jun, 2013
Baked beans are way better
17th Jan, 2013
My kids weren't convinced. I served with jacket potatoes rather than wedges, and as a previous reviewer recommended, puréed the sauce before adding cooked bacon and the beans. Didn't tell the kids anything was 2 year old refused to eat any of it after one bite and my 3 year old ate half of hers.


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