This meal is anything but fancy – it’s all about comfort. The goats cheese and polenta are yummy additions, but the beans are just as delicious served on toast.

home made baed beans



Home made beans with creamy polenta and goat’s chevre



For beans:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 middle rashers of bacon, chopped
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 800g canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp golden syrup
  • 800g cannellini beans
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ bunch continental parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • 4 tbsp goats chèvre, crumbled (optional)

For polenta:

  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups water


  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or saucepan, then add the bacon and fry until it begins to brown.
  2. Add the onion, and cook until tender.
  3. Add garlic, oregano, and paprika and cook for about 1 minute or until fragrant.
  4. Add the tomatoes, beans, syrup, and tomato paste. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 mins.
  5. Meanwhile combine the water and milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  6. Pour in the polenta, while stirring vigourously. Continue to stir as the polenta thickens. Season to taste with salt.
  7. Serve the beans over the polenta with a sprinkling of parsley and chèvre.


home made beans


Inexpensive. Easy to prepare. Enjoyed by every member of the family. This recipe is a total winner.