Slow-cooked bean casserole

Slow-cooked bean casserole

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Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins Cook: 1 hr - 3 hrs Plus soaking overnight


A hearty dish full of rustic flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal457
  • fat18g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre13g
  • protein27g
  • salt2.72g
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  • 500g dried red kidney beans
  • 350g piece bacon, with rind



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 1 onion, peeled and studded with 2 cloves



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  • large bouquet garni
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 400ml red wine


  1. Generously cover the beans with cold water and leave to soak overnight, then drain.

  2. Heat the oven to 160C/Gas 3/fan oven 140C. Cut the bacon rind off in one piece and put it in the bottom of a medium-sized casserole. Add the beans, onion, bouquet garni, garlic and some pepper and bury the meat in the beans. Pour in enough water to cover the beans generously and add the lid. Bake until the beans are very soft and a few start to burst. This can take 1-3 hours, depending on the age and type of bean and the thickness of the pot, so check occasionally to see how they are doing. If the beans begin to dry, add more water. The liquid should have evaporated so that the beans are moist but not soupy. If the liquid is too thin, take the lid off for the last half hour’s cooking, or at the end of cooking, boil the pot on top of the stove to evaporate the liquid.

  3. When the beans are tender, stir in the wine and some salt and pepper. Cover and leave to cool for about an hour, so the beans absorb the wine. Remove the bacon and discard the onion and bouquet garni. Dice the bacon and stir it into the beans. The bacon rind can be discarded, or diced and added to the pot.

  4. Reheat the beans and, if too much liquid remains, boil to reduce it. Taste, adjust the seasoning and serve.

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25th Oct, 2015
How many does this serve? Seems like a lot of beans? And aren't kidney brands supposed to be fast-boiled for 10 minutes before simmering to destroy toxins?
25th Oct, 2015
How many people does this serve? Seems like a lot of beans.
22nd Nov, 2014
Shouldn't kidney beans be boiled after soaking to destroy the toxin in them?
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5th Dec, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. The beans will reach the correct temperature to destroy the toxins, you can tell this once they start to burst.
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