Homemade baked beans in tomato sauce

    11 hours 20 min

    Baked beans are a bit of an English staple, they've always been a firm favourite amongst my family. This is my attempt at making my own using fava beans. They're maybe not as sweet as the tinned variety, but that doesn't mean they're not rich and flavourful. The beans need to be pre-soaked overnight.


    Derbyshire, England, UK
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    Serves: 4 

    • 250g dried fava beans, pre-soaked for at least 8 hours
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 2 teaspoons tomato puree
    • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 500ml vegetable stock
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • salt and pepper

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:11hr20min 

    1. Put the drained and rinsed beans in a saucepan with a lid, cover with cold water and bring to the boil.
    2. Allow the beans to boil for about 10 minutes, turn the heat down low, put on the lid and simmer gently for 45 to 50 minutes. Drain the beans and tip into a casserole dish.
    3. Preheat the oven to 150 C / Gas 2.
    4. Put the saucepan back on a medium heat, pour in the oil and allow to warm. Add the onions and celery, and fry for 2 to 3 minutes before adding the garlic and continuing to cook until the onions have softened.
    5. Stir in the tomato puree and smoked paprika and allow to cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
    6. Stir in the tinned tomatoes, stock and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the sauce to the boil, turn the heat down low, put on the lid and simmer gently for 5 to 10 minutes.
    7. Pour the sauce over the beans and stir thoroughly. Cover the casserole dish and bake in the oven for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Prior to serving check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.


    These are awesome on toast, with mash, with a jacket potato, with pork chops, as part of a full English or even with just bread and butter.

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    I turned this into a simple, but really tasty, pork and beans recipe by adding in a couple of teaspoons of cumin and dried coriander with the tomato puree and paprika, and then throwing in some browned off, 1 inch chunks of pork belly prior to placing the dish in the oven.  -  08 May 2018