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37 best bean recipes

Baked beans

Discover the top 37 bean recipes perfect for any meal

Beans aren’t just a staple; they're a versatile powerhouse in the kitchen. Offering a rich source of plant-based protein, beans can transform any meal into a nourishing, hearty and comforting crowd-pleaser. Whether you're looking to prepare a family meal, utilise those canned or pantry items, or create plant-based budget-friendly dishes, beans are a go-to ingredient that never disappoints. Uncover 37 best bean recipes, using a selection of  kidney, black and cannellini beans, that promise to deliver in flavour and satisfaction.

Baked Bean Jaffles


Baked bean jaffle

A nostalgic treat with a gourmet twist, these baked bean jaffles are the ultimate comfort food. Stuffed with savoury baked beans, spinach, prosciutto and mozzarella, and encased in crispy, golden bread, they're a simple yet satisfying snack or meal, ideal for those times when you need a quick and comforting bite.

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Baked Bean Quesadillas


Easy Mexican-inspired baked bean quesadillas

This inventive dish takes the humble quesadilla to new heights with a filling of baked beans, tangy salsa and melted cheese. It's a crowd-pleaser that's easy to make and packs a punch, perfect for a quick family meal that's sure to become a favourite.

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Potato and Bean Tortilla


Potato and bean tortilla with pickled cabbage

Elevate your mealtime with this creative take on the classic tortilla. Combining the heartiness of potatoes and beans with the tangy crunch of pickled cabbage, this dish is a perfect blend of flavours and textures, providing a satisfying option for any day of the week.

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Black Bean and Corn Tacos


Black bean and corn tacos

These tacos are a testament to the simplicity and deliciousness of combining black beans and corn. With the added freshness of radish, coriander and avocado they're a quick plant-based meal that's perfect for a light yet satisfying family dinner.

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Simple Pea and Bean Pasta


Simple pea and bean pasta

Devour a bowl of this tasty pea and bean pasta. It's an effortless dish that combines peas, mushrooms and garlic with creamy beans, tossed with wholewheat pasta for a quick meal that epitomises comfort food.

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Greens, Beans and Sausage Stew


Greens, beans and sausage stew

This stew is a hearty and comforting dish that's perfect for chilly evenings. Packed with nourishing greens, protein-rich beans and savoury sausage, it's a one-pot meal that's both satisfying and easy to prepare, making it ideal for a no-fuss family dinner.

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Black Bean Chilli Buddha Bowl


Black bean chilli Buddha bowl

Enjoy this Buddha bowl full of colours, textures and flavours. This recipe features spicy black bean chilli as its centrepiece, surrounded by an array of fresh vegetables and grains, making it a nutrient-dense meal that's as enjoyable as it is healthy. If you prefer a spicier chilli, serve with some pickled jalapenos.

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Chargrilled Vegetable Platter With Bean Dip


Chargrilled vegetable platter with bean dip

This dish is a feast for the senses, featuring beautifully chargrilled vegetables paired with a creamy, flavoursome bean dip. It's a versatile option that can be a starter, a side or even a light main, perfect for any occasion. Serve with dukkah-brushed Lebanese bread for dipping.

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Baked beans


Easy Italian-style baked beans

Transform your dining experience with a touch of Italy. This recipe brings together a rich tomato sauce, herbs and white beans, baked to perfection. Ideal for a comforting dinner, it's a simple yet tasty way to make a hearty meal that's budget-friendly, nourishing and on the table in 15 minutes.

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Cannellini  Potato and Chorizo Soup


Cannellini, potato and chorizo soup

When blended cannellini beans are a great plant-based replacement for cream and can be added to soups for a dairy-free option. This tasty soup combines creamy cannellini beans, tender potatoes and spicy chorizo in a rich broth, creating a flavour-packed meal that's satisfying and perfect for any season. For a vibrant green soup use broad beans and make this recipe.

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Italian-Style Bean and Kale Stew


Italian-style bean and kale stew with pangrattato

Enjoy the rustic flavours of Italy with this stew. Beans and kale simmer together in a savoury broth, topped with crispy pangrattato for a textural contrast. This dish is a testament to the comfort and nourishment beans can bring to the table, making it a perfect option for those chilly evenings when you crave a hearty meal that warms you from the inside out. Try this version of the cassoulet for a French twist.

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Bean, Tomato and Radish Salad


Bean, tomato and radish salad

This refreshing salad brings together the creaminess of beans with the juicy sweetness of tomatoes and the crisp bite of radishes and zucchini. It's a colourful, nourishing side dish that complements any family meal, offering a burst of flavour and variety of textures that’s on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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Baked Egg Pot


Baked egg pot with baked beans and chorizo

Elevate your breakfast or brunch with this robust dish, where baked beans and spicy chorizo are topped with a runny egg. It's a comforting meal that starts your day on a high note, combining rich flavours and nourishing ingredients to fuel your day’s activities.

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Tomato and Green Bean Salad


Tomato and green bean salad with mustard vinaigrette

This salad is a vibrant side dish that combines the fresh crunch of green beans with the tangy sweetness of tomatoes, all dressed in a zesty mustard vinaigrette. It's a light yet satisfying addition to any meal, offering a perfect side to a main meal. Try this green goddess salad for a healthier twist.

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