Baked beans

  • Serves 8 people
  • Takes 10 minutes to make, 2½-3 hours to cook, plus standing and overnight soaking
  • Easy
Homemade baked beans are simple and cheap to make, and they certainly taste better than the canned versions. Make a big batch and freeze in portions for up to three months.

Nutritional info per serving

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

  • Calories260kcals
  • Fat9.5g (2.3g saturated)
  • Protein14.6g
  • Carbohydrates31g
  • Salt0.7g

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


  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. 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.

From May 2009

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