Homemade: Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce

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I had some fresh boiled beans in homemade tomato source on toast today and have to say it tasted great.

Haricot beans are very cheap at my local Health Food Shop close to where I live. For me here in Australia $6 a kg is cheap. Most beans locally sell for $10 + a kg. So when you soak them overnight you have a lot of beans to make Baked Beans.



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Navy beans are a variety of kidney bean, also known as Boston bean, Yankee bean or Haricot bean. Navy Beans are small, white and oval with a refined texture and delicate flavour. These are the beans used for well known "baked beans" because their skin and fine texture do not break up on cooking. Buy Navy Beans The Raw Deal online Australia Central Coast NSW

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I would like to hear other ways of cooking beans.....
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BY ELISE BAUER

Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce
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side dishitaliangluten-freebaked beans
White beans baked in tomato sauce with bacon, onions, garlic, honey, stock, and chili pepper flakes.

Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer
White beans are so versatile. We usually have several cans ready to go and at least a pound or two of dried beans in the pantry.
This is a simple baked bean dish, with the beans first cooked in simmering water and then baked in a tomato sauce, flavored with bacon and sage, sweetened with honey, and spiced up with some chile flakes.

You could also use pancetta in place of the bacon, or rosemary instead of sage. If you swap out molasses for the honey you’ll have something a lot closer to Boston baked beans.

I learned a useful bit of cooking information recently from reading Shirley Corriher’s CookWise, and that is that both sugar and calcium will keep beans from softening. Which is why if you are cooking with hard water, you may find your beans taking a lot longer than you might expect to cook to tenderness.
Molasses and brown sugar contain calcium which is why you can cook a pot of baked beans with molasses all day and the beans still retain their shape.
Sugar naturally occurs in tomatoes and in onions, so once the beans go in the sauce in the following recipe, they will take a long time to soften if they aren’t already cooked.




Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce Recipe
  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8-10 as a side
If you want to save time, you can used canned beans instead of dry. Use 3 or 4 15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed and proceed to step 3. If you want a vegetarian version, skip the bacon, increase the olive oil, and use vegetable stock.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound dry cannellini, borlotti or Great Northern beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 pound bacon or pancetta, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced (can sub fresh rosemary)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chile flakes (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef or chicken stock (use gluten-free stock for gluten-free version)
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

METHODHIDE PHOTOS
1 Soak the beans in water: Pre-soak the beans, either by covering with two inches of water and soaking overnight, or by pouring boiling water over them and soaking them for an hour.
2 Drain beans, cover with water, cook until tender: Drain the beans and put them in a medium-sized pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook until the beans are just soft enough to eat, about 1 hour, give or take 15 minutes or so, depending on how old the beans are (older beans will take longer to cook).
3 Cook bacon or pancetta: Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a 3 or 4 quart heavy-bottomed, oven-proof, lidded pot such as a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon or pancetta and cook slowly until lightly browned and crispy.
cook bacon in pot for baked beans

4 Sauté onions: Add the chopped onions and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring often, until the onions begin to brown. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
add onions to bacon in pot for baked beans

5 Add garlic, chili flakes, sage, then add tomatoes and stock: Add the garlic, chile flakes and sage and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the honey and tomato paste. Stir well to combine.
Add the tomatoes or tomato sauce and the stock. Bring to a simmer. Taste for salt and add some if needed.

6 Add the beans, cover, cook in oven: Drain the beans and add them to the pot. Stir well.
Cover the pot and cook in a 325°F oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
If still a bit wet, remove the cover and cook for 15 minutes more.

Note that the cooking time will depend on several things, the most important being how thoroughly the beans were cooked to begin with when they were simmered.
If the beans are still a bit hard when they go in the oven, it may take several hours to soften them, once the tomato and honey have been added.
7 Stir in parsley and balsamic vinegar: Right before serving, gently stir in the chopped parsley and balsamic vinegar. Taste for salt, add more if needed to taste.
Serve either hot or at room temperature.

 

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I had some fresh boiled beans in homemade tomato source on toast today and have to say it tasted great.

Haricot beans are very cheap at my local Health Food Shop close to where I live. For me here in Australia $6 a kg is cheap. Most beans locally sell for $10 + a kg. So when you soak them overnight you have a lot of beans to make Baked Beans.



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Navy beans are a variety of kidney bean, also known as Boston bean, Yankee bean or Haricot bean. Navy Beans are small, white and oval with a refined texture and delicate flavour. These are the beans used for well known "baked beans" because their skin and fine texture do not break up on cooking. Buy Navy Beans The Raw Deal online Australia Central Coast NSW

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I would like to hear other ways of cooking beans.....
...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................


BY ELISE BAUER

Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce
xxxxxyyyyy219comments
side dishitaliangluten-freebaked beans
White beans baked in tomato sauce with bacon, onions, garlic, honey, stock, and chili pepper flakes.

Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer
White beans are so versatile. We usually have several cans ready to go and at least a pound or two of dried beans in the pantry.
This is a simple baked bean dish, with the beans first cooked in simmering water and then baked in a tomato sauce, flavored with bacon and sage, sweetened with honey, and spiced up with some chile flakes.

You could also use pancetta in place of the bacon, or rosemary instead of sage. If you swap out molasses for the honey you’ll have something a lot closer to Boston baked beans.

I learned a useful bit of cooking information recently from reading Shirley Corriher’s CookWise, and that is that both sugar and calcium will keep beans from softening. Which is why if you are cooking with hard water, you may find your beans taking a lot longer than you might expect to cook to tenderness.
Molasses and brown sugar contain calcium which is why you can cook a pot of baked beans with molasses all day and the beans still retain their shape.
Sugar naturally occurs in tomatoes and in onions, so once the beans go in the sauce in the following recipe, they will take a long time to soften if they aren’t already cooked.




Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce Recipe
  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8-10 as a side
If you want to save time, you can used canned beans instead of dry. Use 3 or 4 15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed and proceed to step 3. If you want a vegetarian version, skip the bacon, increase the olive oil, and use vegetable stock.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound dry cannellini, borlotti or Great Northern beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 pound bacon or pancetta, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced (can sub fresh rosemary)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chile flakes (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef or chicken stock (use gluten-free stock for gluten-free version)
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

METHODHIDE PHOTOS
1 Soak the beans in water: Pre-soak the beans, either by covering with two inches of water and soaking overnight, or by pouring boiling water over them and soaking them for an hour.
2 Drain beans, cover with water, cook until tender: Drain the beans and put them in a medium-sized pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook until the beans are just soft enough to eat, about 1 hour, give or take 15 minutes or so, depending on how old the beans are (older beans will take longer to cook).
3 Cook bacon or pancetta: Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a 3 or 4 quart heavy-bottomed, oven-proof, lidded pot such as a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon or pancetta and cook slowly until lightly browned and crispy.
cook bacon in pot for baked beans

4 Sauté onions: Add the chopped onions and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring often, until the onions begin to brown. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
add onions to bacon in pot for baked beans

5 Add garlic, chili flakes, sage, then add tomatoes and stock: Add the garlic, chile flakes and sage and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the honey and tomato paste. Stir well to combine.
Add the tomatoes or tomato sauce and the stock. Bring to a simmer. Taste for salt and add some if needed.

6 Add the beans, cover, cook in oven: Drain the beans and add them to the pot. Stir well.
Cover the pot and cook in a 325°F oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
If still a bit wet, remove the cover and cook for 15 minutes more.

Note that the cooking time will depend on several things, the most important being how thoroughly the beans were cooked to begin with when they were simmered.
If the beans are still a bit hard when they go in the oven, it may take several hours to soften them, once the tomato and honey have been added.
7 Stir in parsley and balsamic vinegar: Right before serving, gently stir in the chopped parsley and balsamic vinegar. Taste for salt, add more if needed to taste.
Serve either hot or at room temperature.

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Dux

Veteran Member
I also make a more savory dish using white beans with less tomato, no sugar, plus on onions and olives.
 

Coco82919

Veteran Member
They are absolutely addictive. Do *not* skip or reduce the Worchestershire sauce... it makes a huge difference.
China Connections recipe does not call for Worcestershire sauce. How much do you add?
 
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