Fennel And Onion Baked Beans On Potato Farls

This twist on classic baked beans on toast will warm and delight on a lazy evening. Use whatever bean variety you like for the baked beans. We personally love hodmedodd’s British fava beans.

When to eat

We recommend eating this dish from June through to Early December. This is when you will get the best of the UK fennel.


Serves 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

This meal is around 75% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.20 KG CO2e per person.
  • That’s equivalent to the emissions produced driving 18 KM in a modern car.
How do I calculate this?


  • 4 Medium tomatoes (or one 400g tin if out of season)
  • 1 400 g tin Beans (You can use whatever you like, I prefer cannellini )
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Medium Fennel
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil


  • If using dried beans be sure to soak the beans for the correct amount of time. Be sure to check the packet for instructions. Then pre-cook the beans for around 3/4 of their required time.
  • If using fresh tomatoes. Criss-cross the bottom of the tomatoes with a sharp knife. Then place in a bowl of boiled water until the skins begin to peel. Remove and place in cold water until they have cooled enough to handle. Then peel skins from the tomatoes and chop finely.
  • Thinly slice the fennel and onion, crush the garlic with the back of a knife to a fine paste.
  • Add the olive oil to a pan over a medium heat. Then fry the garlic for around a minute before adding the onion and fennel. Cook until the fennel and onion are see-through and soft.
  • Add the paprika to the pan, mix with the onion and fennel, and cook for around a minute. Then add the tomato paste and cook for a further minute.
  • Add the beans then the tomatoes to the pan and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and let the sauce thicken for around 15 minutes.
  • Whilst the sauce is thickening prepare the farls following this recipe.
  • Allow two farls per person. Drizzle a generous heap of beans on the still hot farls.
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