Thursday, 3 June 2010

Comfort food

Some days we feel like eating something that doesn’t take too much trouble to make and this dish crops up fairly often.   I call it  Better Baked BeansBetter, because I add some other bits and pieces to a basic can of baked beans to make it taste better and go a bit further.

425g can baked beans         425g can chopped tomatoes         425g can cannelini beans

1 onion                              2 cloves garlic                             olive oil

oregano, basil, and marjoram (dried)                                    splodge of tomato paste

Other optional seasonings like; chilli paste or chilli sauce, worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, ketchup, whatever you think will taste good with the beans really.

Chop onion and saute in olive oil till softish, add chopped garlic and stir around for a minute or so, then add the chopped tomatoes, a good pinch of the dried herbs, and the tomato paste, bring to the boil, then add both lots of beans, stir around, then add any other optional seasonings that you like and let it all simmer for around 10 minutes, you want it to be a fairly thick mixture.


Serve with toast or bread, a sprinkle of freshly grated cheese (in this case I used pecorino), fresh ground black pepper,  chopped parsley is also nice but I didn’t want to go outside into the cold to get some.

You can make this without the baked beans and just use another can of cannelini beans, really you could use whatever sort of beans you liked or had.  Sometimes I put some chopped bacon or salami in with the onion, or I have put the whole lot in an oven dish, made some hollows in the beans and broken an egg into each hollow, then sprinkled grated cheese over the lot and baked it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the eggs are cooked.


  1. Sounds delicious Pip! Yum. I love it when you share recipes. I am always so bereft of meal ideas.

  2. Looks very good Pip, and also interesting. I just love reading your terminology and your way of putting things. That's what I love about international exchanges. For instance, a 'splodge' of tomato paste...

  3. Yum! Just the thing for a winter warm up:)

  4. yum, that sounds realy nice. i cant beleive youve finished 2000 pieces of your quilt, its going to be so completely amazing when it finished!!

  5. I am so trying this next time Angus goes away (he is not partial to beans). Baking it with eggs sounds so yummy for breakfast too.

    Cheers - Joolz

  6. Mmmm. I often add a tin of (drained) beans to meat casseroles. Tinned beans, toms and a good dried herb and spice collection are a great basis for inexpensive yummy food. Another essential for me is a good supply of onions.

    Keep warm and cosy over there,

    Michelle and Zebbycat


Thank you for taking the time to comment, I'll try and reply in a timely manner, usually by email, if you are a no-reply commenter then I will reply directly to your comment which means you will have to come back to see it :)