Tinned baked beans are a store cupboard essential for many of us. But they’re really not a patch on these homemade ones (and we’re speaking as baked bean fans). The sauce is rich, the beans are tender, and the flavours are fabulous.
We have to confess, though, that this isn’t a beans-only dish. Onion, garlic and bacon make this a marvellous meal for four served with sausages – but you could take the time-honoured route and put these beans on toast.
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- Special thanks to Lidl for sharing this recipe with us
Homemade baked beans
Serving up homemade baked beans? If you’re a veggie or vegan, you can or course leave out the bacon lardons (and, of course, swap to veggie sausages). Meat lovers will appreciate the extra layer of flavour they offer, though. You will need:
- Olive oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 100g smoked bacon lardons
- 1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped, plus 2 sprigs, leaves picked and roughly chopped
- Brown sugar
- 3 tins butter beans, drained
- 1 carton tomato passata
- 8 sausages
- Salt and black pepper
1. Put a little olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion, garlic and bacon for around three to five minutes.
2. Add the finely chopped rosemary, 1tsp of paprika and a pinch of brown sugar and continue to cook for a bit longer, stirring until all the ingredients are combined.
3. Add the beans to the pan along with the passata. Stir and season with salt and pepper plus extra paprika, to taste.
4. Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for around 30 minutes until it’s thickened. Alternatively, put the beans in a casserole dish and cook in an oven preheated to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6 for around 30 to 40 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, cook the sausages in the oven according to packet instructions.
6. To serve, divide the baked beans between four bowls, topping each with two cooked sausages. Scatter with the roughly chopped rosemary.
Tip: Serving your baked beans on toast? Sprinkle grated cheese over the top for a tasty, melty finish.