Recipe: My Favourite Baked Beans

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From the Vitality Food Feature ‘ODE TO THE NAVY BEAN‘.

Even without the bacon traditionally used in this dish, these baked beans are full of great flavour. (Makes 8 servings)


  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry navy beans
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • Dash each of sea salt and ground pepper
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup of maple syrup

1) After precooking the beans, let them sit for one hour in the cooking liquid.

2) Add onion, green pepper, celery, salt, and pepper. Return to a boil and let simmer for 40 minutes.

3) Pour the mixture into a 6 litre casserole or roasting pan. Stir in tomato paste and maple syrup.

4) Bake covered at 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius) for 3 to 3-1/2 hours, until tender and thickened. (Add water or vegetable broth during cooking if needed). Serve.

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