This simple, yet delicious meal can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The smoky flavour of the paprika adds to the flavour and elevates the humble baked beans to something a bit more gourmet.
What you need to make smoky baked beans
No fancy equipment is needed to make these smoky baked beans.
All you will need is a medium fry pan or a saute pan (if you have one).
Smoked paprika will need to be purchased if you don’t already have some. Smoked paprika is different to regular paprika and it’s the ingredient that elevates this humble recipe to a more complex flavour. If smoked paprika is too much, then substitute for regular paprika. The beans will still have a lovely flavour but it won’t be smoky.
Which beans should I use?
Cannellini beans are used in this recipe which are a white dried bean originating from Italy. They may also be called white kidney beans.
Cannellini beans can be purchased dried and soaked over night and cooked before using in the smoky baked bean recipe. Check out this post to learn how to prepare dried beans. However, canned beans are convenient and take less time.
If cannellini beans are unavailable, any white bean such as navy beans or haricot beans will work for this recipes.
Nutritional benefits of smoky baked beans
Beans are high in fibre and help with improving gut health as well as being high in phytoestrogens which reduce the risk of chronic diseases and, in some women, improve menopause symptoms.
This meal is also high in protein. Beans are a great source of plant-based protein and are a great way for vegetarians and vegans to increase protein intake. Protein helps maintain muscle mass and can keep you more satisfied after eating.
Pureed tomato is an excellent source of lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown in studies to reduce risk of cancer and heart disease.
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Smoky baked beans
- ½ Brown onion Diced
- 1 Garlic clove crushed
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 2 420g Canned cannellini beans Drained & rinsed
- 1 400g Jar of Pureed tomato
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a fry pan or saute pan over medium heat
- Add onion and cook for 2 minutes
- Add garlic and paprika and saute for further 30 seconds
- Add cannellini beans and pureed tomato and cook for 10 minutes on low heat
- Season with salt and pepper and serve on toast