An easy recipe for homemade stovetop baked beans with hidden vegetables. No baking required. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
If you'd like to make your own homemade baked beans but don't have time to make a traditional baked beans recipe which needs several hours in the oven then this is for you.
It's a really easy, one pan, vegetarian baked beans recipe that doesn't take long to cook, but can be made in advance, or frozen.
What are baked beans?
The clue is in the name - usually baked beans are haricot beans baked with a tomato sauce and spices. Haricot beans (sometimes called navy beans) are usually used although they can be made with any bean.
Tinned baked beans are a brilliant convenience food that millions of people around the world love and eat regularly.
Read more about baked beans on Wikipedia.
Are baked beans good for you?
Commercial baked beans tend to be high in salt and sugar and that's why I like to make my own when possible. They do count towards your five a day, which is great news.
In this recipe in addition to the beans and tomato sauce I've added in some butternut squash and some yellow pepper. This helps to make the sauce more orange, and therefore a bit closer to what comes out of a tin.
It also helps my kids along the way to eating five portions of fruit and veg a day - something we are still seriously struggling with.
Did the Sneaky Veg kids like these stovetop baked beans?
So how did they go down?
Well, they certainly weren't fooled that this was the same thing that comes in a tin. R, 6, immediately said "are these homemade?" - which unfortunately to him means not as good.
But two out of three kids ate them which in my book counts as a success! And I'm much happier knowing that Baby S in particular has had these homemade beans. The extra veggies and no added salt or refined sugar makes these a much better option.
These homemade vegetarian baked beans make a great weekend brunch or lunch served with toast but they're also lovely served as part of a more substantial meal, such as alongside veggie sausages.
The recipe below makes quite a large quantity of beans, so depending on your family's size you can freeze a portion, or two, or perhaps even more. Alternatively you could halve these quantities.
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Homemade stove top baked beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1 yellow pepper diced
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 150 g piece of butternut squash roasted or steamed
- 800 g chopped tomatoes 2 x 400g tins
- 720 g haricot beans (navy beans) 3 x 400g tins, drained and rinsed.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan and fry one chopped onion over a medium heat until soft.
- Stir through 2 chopped cloves of garlic, cook for a further minute, then add one diced yellow pepper.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until the pepper has softened, before adding 1 teaspoon mustard powder, 1 teaspoon dried oregano and 1 tablespoon maple syrup.
- Stir well then add the 150g cooked butternut squash and 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes. Blend until you have a smooth sauce - I find a hand held stick blender is ideal for this.
- Stir through 3 x 400g tins of drained haricot beans and warm through.