Easy Baked Beans Recipe | Baked Beans For One

Baked beans in a small baking dish on a metal tray with a cream-colored cloth napkin

Sweet and savory baked beans made with just 1 can of beans. This simple small batch recipe delivers the best tasting beans and they bake in just 30 minutes!

Baked beans in a small baking dish on a metal tray with a cream-colored cloth napkin

A small batch of baked beans has been requested by our readers for quite some time and today we’re finally sharing our “semi-homemade” baked beans recipe. These beans are some of the best tasting beans I’ve had in a very long time. They’re filled with flavor and very easy to make.

Baked beans are a popular warm-weather picnic or potluck staple. They go well with just about anything you’re grilling or serving up. From hot dogs and burgers to steak or chicken, baked beans make the ideal side dish. Frankly, I think I could eat a big bowl of sweet and tangy baked beans as a meal, but I’m just a superfan.


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This small batch baked beans recipe can be made with most types of canned beans. My favorite kind to use are Cannellini beans, also called White Kidney beans. I’ve also used Great Northern beans. I prefer using canned beans over dry beans because they’re more convenient. If you’re cooking for one, you’ll find that keeping cans of beans in the pantry can help you put together a healthy meal quickly and easily.

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I think you’ll love the flavors found in this semi-homemade recipe. The beans have the perfect balance of savory and sweet. They’re cooked in a smoky, sweet, velvety sauce with just 30 minutes of baking time.

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • bacon
  • olive oil
  • chopped onions
  • garlic
  • 1 can Cannellini or Great Northern beans
  • ketchup
  • apple cider vinegar
  • molasses
  • dry mustard
  • worcestershire sauce
  • curry powder
  • brown sugar

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

Variations Of This Recipe

  • I love using bacon in my baked beans recipe but you can leave it out of your version if you want. I cook the bacon, remove the bacon from the pot and then sauté the chopped onions and garlic in the bacon grease. Bacon adds such a wonderful flavor to the beans. If you want to skip the bacon and make this dish vegetarian-friendly, cook the vegetables in about a teaspoon of olive oil instead.
  • I keep apple cider vinegar in my pantry all the time, I use it to clean fresh produce. If you don’t have any, use white or red wine vinegar instead.
  • If you don’t have molasses, you can substitute with maple syrup.
  • You can use either light or dark brown sugar.
  • For a deeper flavor, use BBQ sauce instead of ketchup.

How To Make Baked Beans

  1. Start by cooking a slice of bacon in a small saucepan. Remove the bacon from the pan and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Cook the onions and garlic in the little bit of bacon grease remaining in the pan.
  2. Stir in the can of rinsed and drained beans. Add in the ketchup, vinegar, molasses, dry mustard, worcestershire sauce, curry powder, brown sugar, and the crumbled cooked bacon; stir well to make sure all of the ingredients are mixed well together.
  3. Transfer the beans to a small baking dish. I use a dish that is approximately 5-inches x 5-inches and has an area of 25 inches. You don’t have to use a dish that is exactly this size but I suggest using a dish of similar size. Keep in mind, if you use a dish that is quite a bit larger than the one recommended, the beans will cook faster so you will need to reduce the cooking time by about 10 minutes or so. This is because the area of the dish is larger and the food will cook quicker. If you use a smaller dish, you’ll need to cook the beans for about 10 minutes longer. Also, if you choose a smaller dish, make sure it’s big enough so that the beans and sauce don’t overflow as they are being heated in the oven.
  4. Bake the beans in a 350 degree (177 degrees C) preheated oven for 30 minutes.

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