Winter Comfort Food : Best Baked Beans on Toast

14 Jan

So the husband and I got back from a ski-turned-hike weekend late on Sunday night (more on that saga later) and having not planned food for our return home we discussed what fast food / take-away options we had. We always have a few tins of Heinz Baked Beans in tomato sauce – because there really is no other kind – stashed at the back of the cupboard for emergency situations such as these but instead of opening up a can we decided to throw together our own batch of baked beans from scratch. Ok so it takes a bit longer than 3 minutes in the microwave but these homemade beans knocked my socks off they were that good. Seriously! And somewhat surprisingly! I honestly didn’t expect it to turn out as good as Heinz but I was wrong.

These beans are so easy and so yummy, I promise you’ll never buy tinned beans again.

Oh wait, you will need to buy a few tins of beans to actually make this recipe unless you want to soak dried beans for a whole day and night or cook them on the stove for a few hours… Tinned beans it is. Would never want to come home from a weekend away and have to stand over the stove cooking beans for a few hours. No way!

You’ll need:

2 x 400g tins of beans, drained and rinsed – we used the big white ones or Cannellini Beans but you can use whatever you have
1 x 400g tin of crushed tomatoes
1 x red onion, finely chopped
2 x cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 x chilli – we used about 1 tsp of dried chilli flakes
Handful of fresh rosemary
Handful of fresh thyme
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp dark treacle – we forgot to add this, oops!
Splash of vinegar – we forgot to add this, oops!
Bread for toast – not optional!!


1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, garlic and chilli. Stir and fry for a minute or so until soft and beginning to colour. Season with salt and pepper and add the rosemary and thyme, then add the paprika.

Onion, garlic, chilli, paprika, herbs

Onion, garlic, chilli, paprika, herbs

2. Add the tomatoes and treacle (optional) and half a can of water from rinsing the tomato tin. Then add the vinegar and the butter beans.

Tomatoes and beans

Tomatoes and beans

3. Let it all simmer for 10 minutes and it’ll be ready to serve on hot toast.

Beans on hot buttered toast

Beans on hot buttered toast

Please excuse the mess… I do need to work on my presentation and photography skills 🙂

This is also a seriously cheap and satisfying meal so perfect for those on tight budget.

Having forgotten to add two of the key flavour ingredients I have already decided to try Worchestershire sauce in the next back instead of the treacle and vinegar. I will let you know how that one works out.

How do you eat your beans?

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