Today I’m sharing one of my favourite recipes of the moment; my homemade baked beans recipe. Baked beans are delicious year round, but particularly as we wave goodbye to summer and enter the darker months of autumn, when comfort food is essential. What else screams ‘comfort food’ more than baked beans? They’re ideal with sausage and mash, on cheesy toast or just on a sweet potato – my current meal of choice! Although, let’s be honest, baked beans aren’t only for autumn and winter. After all I’ve been making this homemade baked beans recipe all summer to have cold with salads and barbecues. Yummy!
Now Heinz are pretty good at making beans and sell them pretty cheaply in the supermarket, so why bother making your own I hear you cry? Well, many reasons: they taste better, they’re pretty easy to make and you can make loads more for the cost of one Heinz tin. But the biggest reason is that you know exactly what’s going into them. Your average can of shop bought baked beans has around 20g of sugar in it. That’s over a teaspoon of pure sugar. For something that we consider to be healthy and one of our five a day that seems like an excessive amount of sugar, don’t you think? But if you make your own that drops considerably. I mean, yes of course there will be sugar in these beans – it’s naturally in so many ingredients anyway, but do we really need to have 20g worth per tin? I think not.
So on to my homemade baked beans recipe. Firstly to caveat, it sounds like it takes a long time and is a faff. And yes it does take a while, but it’s not a faff as most of the time is just the ingredients in a pot doing their own thing. No real need for obsessive stirring, etc. The second thing to say is that this recipe makes approximately six portions, so you’ll make enough for 3-4 weeks in one fell swoop. Just freeze the portions you don’t need straightaway and you’re all good! I’ve adapted this Delicious Magazine baked beans recipe. The changes were for ease or because taste wise I couldn’t see the need for the extra ingredients – sugar (again) and bacon.
My Homemade Baked Beans Recipe
You will need:
*400g dried cannellini beans (or haricot beans) soaked overnight
*3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
*2 red onions, finely chopped
*2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
*400g can chopped tomatoes
*3 tbsp cider vinegar
And all you do is…
*Drain the beans and place them in a pan, covering them with fresh water
*Bring the beans to the bring to the boil over a medium heat before cooking for about 45 minutes – 1 hour until tender
*Remove from the heat and set aside for 30 minutes, draining well
*While the beans are resting heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat before adding the onions
*Cook for 6-8 minutes
*Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, vinegar and 400ml water and then add the beans
*Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1½-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick and the beans soft
See, I told you it was super easy! And I guarantee this baked beans recipe will convert you to homemade beans for good – it’s just that good! Happy cooking.