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  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Serves 4
  • 5 minutes prep
  • 20 minutes cook

Italian style homemade baked beans

Italian style homemade baked beans

Using oil together with the butter when frying increases the heating point, ensuring the butter doesn’t discolour or burn.


Italian style homemade baked beans

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 rashers smoky bacon or chorizo, diced
  • 1 can diced tinned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can tinned cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste or sauce
  • 4 eggs
  • fresh basil leaves/olive oil and cracked pepper to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and saute the onion, garlic and bacon for 3-4 minutes over a medium heat until the onion is soft and the bacon coloured.
  2. Add the tomatoes, water, cannellini beans, Worcestershire, brown sugar, paprika and paste and simmer for 5-8 minutes until reduced and thickened.
  3. Divide between individual dishes (or spoon into a large dish) and make a well in the centre of each dish (or in each quarter of a large dish).
  4. Crack an egg into each well,  cover with foil and bake for 5-8 minutes until the egg is set. Serve with a swirl of olive oil, fresh basil and cracked pepper.


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