How to use baked beans in tomato sauce?

How to use a can of baked beans in tomato sauce? I would never miss baked beans and while I don’t (and probably never will) understand the fascination for baked beans on toast, somehow every time I live in London I found myself with a can or two of baked beans in my cupboards, just in case I crave English breakfast or… I run out of food.

Today was one of these days: lunchtime at home, no time for food shopping, fridge pretty empty and I didn’t want pasta (even though I lived in Italy for 6 years I just can’t eat pasta everyday). So I came up with this cheesy bean and potato bake for lunch and I actually enjoyed it very much!

Positive: It’s like a pie, really easy and quick to make. Perfect to use leftovers.

Negative: OK let’s be clear, it’s no gourmet recipe here but I think it’s a nice change instead of eating sandwich or a last-minute pasta.


  • 1 can of baked beans (or 3/4)
  • 2 potatoesΒ 
  • cheddar

In your pantry:

  • 1 dash of milk or broth
  • a teaspoon of butter or oil
  • salt, pepper
  • breadcrumbs (optional)


Preheat oven to 200Β°C.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Peel potatoes and cut into thin slices (so it’ll cook faster). Boil them with a bit of salt for about 5 minutes or until very tender.

When cooked, drain potatoes and mash them with a fork (or whatever you prefer to do mashed potato). Add a dash of (preferably hot) milk, a pinch of salt and a piece of butter if like me, you can’t do mashed potato without it, or just a drizzle of olive oil. Stir well.

Grate some cheddar cheese or just cut into small pieces.

In a small ovenproof dish, pour baked beans to create the first layer. Sprinkle with black pepper.

how to use baked beans

Cover with mashed potato. I used one yellow potato and one sweet potato.

baked beans and mashed potato

Add lots of cheese on top. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs too if you want more crispiness.

cheesy bean and potato bake

Bake in oven 5 minutes and about 3 minutes under grill or until you obtain a nice golden crust.

cheesy baked beans and potato


baked beans and potato bake

baked beans and mashed potato bake

My advice: Now that I enjoyed this basic version, I want to try so many different ways!

  • with onions
  • carrot and courgette dice
  • slices of sausage
  • minced beef
  • another layer of cheese between beans and mashed potato



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