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Beans of the baked kind

best served at 4am

ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
100g pancetta (200g if you're not a coward, also check notes for substitutes)
1 garlic clove (coward move, please add more, check notes)
2 anchovies (don't leave them out fucker, chop them up finely!!!)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (can used dried if you have none fresh)
half teaspoon dried oregano
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed
salt and plenty of black pepper

method

  1. Preheat oven to 160C
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring for 5-6 minutes until the onion is soft
  3. Add the ~pancetta~ and cook, stirring ocasionally, for 5 minutes or until slightly crispy
  4. Add the garlic, anchovies, thyme, and oregano and cook, stirring for another minute
  5. Add the tomatoes, half a cup of water, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Stir in the beans. If you have an oven proof pot, place lid on top. If not, pour into an oven dish and place lid on top, lacking that, wrap top in foil. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
    Season with salt & pepper

notes

make sure you preheat the oven to 160, 180 is too hot

using olive oil which isn't extra virgin tends to be better for cooking

i have never cooked these beans with pancetta, that't just what the original recipe states. bacon has been a good substitute, but if you want to avoid meat (which i tend to) friends (mereana, lauren) and I have come up with some alternatives: grilled tempeh, grilled haloumi, either grilled or not paneer, mushrooms (for a meaty flavour MSG and/or nutritional yeast with some soy sause, and garlic of course), eggplant (eggplant bacon, takes a bit of prep), quorn has a vege bacon, seitan could also work?. smoked paprika would taste good with most if not all of these. really up for experimentation

if you REALLY want to avoid anchovies, whatever, just add some more salt. highly recommend chopping them up nice and fine so that they blend right in and you don't even notice. definitely biased though, can eat whole cans like it's nothing.

most foolish part of this recipe is the single clove of garlic. Add more PLEASE i beg of you. embrace your inner witch and add in heaps of fucking garlic. It was interesting writing this out because so many of these ammendments are automatic, because i cook the recipe mostly from memory.

Dried thyme wont taste anywhere near as good but it's fine, i've used it a bunch. What i haven't tried is fresh oregano, would love to see how that goes

FOR A DOUBLE BATCH: DOUBLE THE INGREDIENTS, DOUBLE THE COOKING TIME ON EVERYTHING. my friends' and my large pots tend to only just fit in a double batch once you stir in the beans, avoid bean regret if you can.

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