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Bring beans and 8 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan, reduce heat, and simmer until beans are tender, 50-60 minutes. Let beans cool at least 1 hour in cooking liquid.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring often, until crisp, 8-10 minutes. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring often, until soft, 8-10 minutes.
Drain beans (discard cooking liquid) and add to saucepan. Add broth and tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beans are creamy, 20-30 minutes. Serve drizzled with Herb Dressing.
DO AHEAD: Beans can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill. Reheat, adding water if too thick, before adding Herb Dressing.
Given we’re all at home basically all the time now, I decided a more hearty breakfast was called for. These tomato baked butter beans were the answer! The ingredients list is heavy on canned goods too, so you can make them even if you haven’t gotten fresh produce for a few days! Plus, they’re delicious!
I slightly tweaked a recipe I found at Olive Magazine
Looking for ways to add more beans to your meals? These bean soup recipes make great comfort food, and they’re easy on your wallet, too!
There’s just something about having a big pot of bean soup simmering on your stove. Whether you’re trying to use up dried beans or canned beans from your food storage, or simply want to integrate more beans into your meal plan, these bean soups and stews are sure to be a hit in your family.
Be sure to make a good crusty bread to serve alongside your steaming bowl of soup. If you have about three hours you’ll want to make my pretzel bread recipe (with a bread machine dough). If you only have an hour or so, then you’ll love my one-hour crusty french bread recipe. It’s so easy, it’s foolproof!
This barbecue beans recipe begins with a couple cans of everyone’s favorite baked beans. But more beans are added in (pinto and cannellini beans), along with Rotel and sliced hot dogs! To create delicious flavors, I’ve added in barbecue sauce, ketchup, spicy brown mustard, cider vinegar, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Oh, and bacon is added on top.
These Barbecue Beans turn out to be quite a loaded baked beans dish! If you’re not into hot dogs, you can either leave them out or add in sliced smoked sausage instead. Hot dogs are classic American barbecue food, so I think they’re the perfect addiction to this recipe.
Add these Barbecue Beans to your next barbecue menu and let everyone ooooh and ahhhh at your fancy baked beans. Enjoy!
Butter beans originate from Greece and are simply delicious served with good-quality sausages. There is now a fantastic selection available and you can choose from fresh chorizo, venison or a more traditional pork and leek. Haricot or borlotti beans would also work well for this dish, as would a little chilli and garlic in the tomato sauce.
step one Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan. Add the sausages and cook gently for 1–2 minutes or until just sealed and lightly browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
step two Wipe out the frying pan and then add the remaining olive oil. Tip in the onion and sage and sauté very gently for about 10 minutes until the onion is completely softened but not coloured. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer, then cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce is slightly reduced and thickened. Then season to taste.
step three Transfer the tomato mixture to an oven dish and stir in the butter beans, then arrange the sausages on top, burying them into the mixture. Roast for 15–20 minutes until the butter beans are bubbling and the sausages are cooked through and tender. Serve straight to the table and allow everyone to tuck in.
Remember college? Remember those special meals that you ate in college that you get nostalgic for as an adult? For me it is Panera’s cheddar cheese and broccoli soup. For Charles, who is British and went to school in England, it’s jacket potatoes with beans and cheddar cheese.
Recently we discovered the British show, starring Andy Samberg, called Cuckoo on Netflix. It’s full of awkward British humor, and in one scene Samberg’s character points to a baked potato and asks what it is. The reply is that it is a “jacket potato”. Yes, in England a baked potato is called a jacket potato.
You could argue that a jacket potato needs to have a crispy skin. A jacket potato doesn’t necessarily have beans and cheese on it, but it is what Charles is referring to when he says “jacket potato”. Beans and cheese on a baked potato is a very classic British meal – especially for broke college students.
We need to talk about the beans. You can’t use any old beans. You MUST use Heinz baked beans in tomato sauce. Specifically, the type in this photo, that are imported from England and available at some stores in America. Any Brit will explain to you that these beans are superior to the Heinz baked beans made in America. The difference is that the British-style beans are vegetarian and they have a thinner, less sweet, sauce.
Anyway, we have been watching Cuckoo – which is hilarious – and jacket potatoes come up a bunch. That coupled with the fact that the posh grocery store in my neighborhood sells Heinz baked beans imported from England means that we have been eating jacket potatoes with baked beans on a regular basis.
To be completely honest, it feels like a total win to have found a very easy dinner that Charles loves so much. I feel like I am being a lazy wife making a simple dinner, and Charles gets to relive his college days. It is also one of the cheapest meals out there. And since I usually have beans, cheese, butter, and potatoes at home, I can make this on days when I don’t have much food at home and don’t feel like going to the grocery store.
The steps involved in making jacket potatoes with beans are easy. First you rinse and dry your potatoes. Then you coat the potatoes with butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake the potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees for about an hour, until the skin is crispy and the inside of the potato is soft.
Once your potatoes are ready you heat up the beans. Slice the potatoes in half, add some butter, pour the beans over, and top with shredded cheddar.
Charles is a purest and insists on eating his jacket potatoes with only butter, cheese, and Heinz baked beans in tomato sauce. I am not opposed to adding extra ingredients. Bacon, chives, or shredded chicken would be nice.
4. Add garlic & spices mix in for a minute (be careful to not burn spices).
5. Add can of roasted tomatoes.
7. When bubbling, lower to simmer & cover for 5/10 min depending on beans.
8. Test for desired tenderness.
10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
11. Once served add chopped chives and garnish with parsley.
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Fresh Green Beans: If you are lucky to pluck them from your garden great but if not you can almost always year-round find fresh green beans at the grocery store. I do not recommend frozen for this recipe if you can avoid it because they tend to be a little soft and lost the nice snap fresh green beans offer.
Butter: I prefer to used unsalted butter for this recipe and actually most recipes simply because it is easier to add a dash of salt to a recipe as needed versus having salt automatically included as it is in salted butter. You can use salted butter if that is what you have just taste the beans before adding any additional salt so you don’t make them too salty.
Cashews: A soft buttery nut. Again use the unsalted variety.
Parsley: Fresh parsley again if you can find it because it has a better flavour than dried. Dried parsley will work as well just remember the rule of thumb when converting fresh to dried herbs. 1 tbsp of fresh herbs equals 1 tsp of dried.
Salt and Pepper: To taste is the best rule of thumb. But I have included the measurements I prefer. Also, don’t forget that if using salted butter you will want to reduce the amount of additional salt you add.
This calico beans recipe was a household favorite growing up. My aunt Pam got everyone hooked with her original recipe, but then after losing the recipe card my mom made a version of her own.
Calico beans get their name from the mixture of colors of all the different types of beans used that represents a multicolored, calico cat. It is very similar to a chilli, though it has more beans in it than most traditional chillies do.
Traditionally made by hydrating dried beans (which takes at least 4 hours or can be done overnight), this calico beans recipe can also be made super quick with the use of canned beans. I’ll give the measurements for both below, so feel free to use whichever method you prefer.
My mom still makes this calico beans recipe on the stovetop (using canned beans) but since I’m obsessed with my instant pot, I’ve converted her version into an instant pot calico beans recipe.
The instant pot will both sauté the beef and slow cook these beans so you’re not washing multiple pots at the end of the day. This hearty meal is ready in about 1 hour yet it tastes like they were slow cooked all day.
What to serve with Calico Beans
My favorite thing to serve with calico beans is a generous portion of bread – whether you go for real bread or a low carb bread (although there is nothing low carb about a bowl full of beans!)
Calico beans can be served as a main or as a side dish, so if you need even more to serve alongside it here are some suggestions:
Can I freeze Calico beans?
Yes! To freeze, portion the calico beans mixture into 2 cup servings and lay flat to freeze. This recipe can be frozen for up to 3 months without any texture loss.
To cook, let the beans thaw out completely and then reheat low and slow. If the beans get overheated, they can split and experience a texture loss.
Watch this quick recipe video first (the quality isn’t the best, sorry!) and then scroll down below to grab our free printable recipe card. Be sure to grab the card that corresponds with either canned or dried beans, whichever you plan to cook with.
Tip: dried beans need to be soaked for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight. They may also require an increase in cooking time of up to two hours.
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Set the Instant Pot to saute. Drizzle with olive oil.
Once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic and saute until translucent, about 2 minutes.
Add the ground beef and brown completely, about 5 minutes.
Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.
Set instant pot to slow cook for 30 minutes and cover.
After 30 minutes, set instant pot to saute setting. Uncover.
In a small bowl, mix together the corn starch and water to form a slurry.
Stir cornstarch slurry into instant pot.
Let cook until bubbling, stirring often, until the sauce thickens.
Set to and hold on keep warm until ready serve.
Pin this Instant Pot Calico Beans Recipe – and don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe!
Grab this recipe card if you want to make this recipe with canned beans:
Wood baked butter beans with feta, oregano pesto and breadcrumbs served at Nopa in San Francisco, California, on tuesday, march 8, 2016. Nopa is celebrating it's tenth anniversary. Liz Hafalia/The Chronicle
Nopa&rsquos Wood Baked Butter Beans With Feta, Oregano Pesto & Breadcrumbs
An original recipe from Nopa&rsquos first menu, which chef-owner Laurence Jossel cooks in a wood-burning stove, this stew of large, rich beans can be served as a starter or main course. Jossel gets his beans from Iacopi Farms in Half Moon Bay, but he says Rancho Gordo or other good local beans would be fine here, too.
3 cups dried giant lima beans or gigantes, rinsed and picked over, then soaked for at least 4 hours or up to overnight
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 16-ounce can whole tomatoes, juices reserved and tomatoes coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons minced oregano
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped oregano
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese (about 6½ ounces)
2 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs, toasted in 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet and seasoned with salt
Make the beans: In a large saucepan, cover the beans with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are just tender but still al dente, about 2½ hours. Be sure to keep the beans covered by about 2 inches of water you will need to add more throughout cooking.
When done cooking, salt the beans generously and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Drain, reserving 1½ cups of the cooking liquid.
In a medium saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium-low heat until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices, oregano and the reserved liquid from the cooked beans and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced to 1½ cups, about 1 hour. Season with salt.
Make the oregano pesto: In a food processor (mini is best), combine the olive oil with the oregano, parsley and garlic and pulse to a coarse puree. Season with salt.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, mix the beans with the tomato sauce and sprinkle the feta on top. Bake in the upper third of the oven for about 40 minutes, until the beans are bubbling and the cheese is browned. Remove the baking dish from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes.
Top the beans with the bread crumbs, dollop with the oregano pesto and serve.