Homemade Baked Beans

Everyone loves baked beans, but most people buy or use the tinned variety. I’m the same and I always have a stock in the cupboard. However every once in a while if you want to make your meal extra special make your own.

They are surprisingly easy to make, a joy to eat and work really well with pulled pork, sausages or on a slice of sourdough.

My family’s current combo of choice is pulled pork, homemade baked beans and baked sweet potatoes.

You’ll need a large saucepan or a pot to make them, you can also double the quantities and use over two days or freeze half.


  • 2 tins of haricot beans
  • 100g pancetta
  • 200g passatta
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Heat a stockpot or large saucepan with a tablespoon of oil.
  • Once hot add the pancetta and fry until golden.
  • Then turn the heat down and add the onions and garlic.
  • Fry for a couple of minutes until they start to soften.
  • Drain one of the cans of beans and add to the pan. Then add the other with the water.
  • Add the remain ingredients and stir through.
  • Bring to a simmer and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Before serving rescue the bay leaves.

Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper as necessary. Then serve.