Baked beans recipe

By Angela Boggiano

  1. Serves 8
  2. Takes 10 minutes to make, 2½-3 hours to cook, plus standing and overnight soaking
  3. Rating

Home-made baked beans are simple to make and surpass the canned versions for taste and price. Make up a big batch and freeze in portions for up to 3 months.

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Baked beans

Ingredients

  1. 400g dried haricot or cannellini beans
  2. 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 2 red onions, finely chopped
  4. 150g pancetta or smoked streaky bacon, finely chopped
  5. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  6. 400g can chopped tomatoes
  7. 2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
  8. 3 tbsp cider vinegar

Method

  1. 1. Soak the beans overnight. Drain them, place in a pan, cover with fresh water and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Cook for about 45 minutes-1 hour until tender, then remove from the heat and set aside for 30 minutes. Drain well.
  2. 2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onions and pancetta and cook for 6-8 minutes. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, sugar, vinegar and 400ml water, then tip in the beans. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1½-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until you have a thick sauce and tender beans. Serve the beans on toasted bread with grated cheese, if you like.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 260kcals, 9.5g fat (2.3g saturated), 14.6g protein, 31g carbs, 6.4g sugar, 0.7g salt

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