Boston Bean Pot

Boston Bean Pot

Here is a tasty mid-week family meal that uses up store cupboard ingredients and spices with extra meatballs to freeze for a second meal.


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C Fan/gas 7.

  2. 2

    To make the breadcrumbs tear the bread and place in a food processor and blitz for a few seconds until the bread resembles fine breadcrumbs. Alternatively finely grate the bread.

  3. 3

    Place the breadcrumbs plus the mince, turmeric, chilli powder, 1 onion and 2 crushed garlic cloves, into the bowl and mix well until the ingredients are combined then using your hands shape into 24 equal sized balls about the size of a walnut. Set 12 balls aside to freeze and place the remaining balls on a lightly greased shallow non-stick roasting pan. Brush the balls lightly with 1 tbsp of the oil and bake for 20 minutes until cooked through.

  4. 4

    Meanwhile to prepare the Boston beans heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and gently fry the remaining garlic, onion and pepper for 5 minutes until softened.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle over the smoked paprika and cook gently for a minute then add the BBQ sauce, baked beans and half of the stock. Simmer gently for 10 minutes, adding the remaining stock if the sauce is thick.

  6. 6

    Remove the meatballs from the oven and add to sauce, stirring gently until the balls are coated in sauce.


  • 2 slices wholemeal bread
  • 750g turkey breast mince
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed, 2 for the meat balls and 1 for the Boston beans
  • 2 onions, finely diced, 1 for the meat balls and 1 for the Boston beans
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 for the meat balls and 1 for the Boston beans
  • 1 sprinkle black pepper, to season
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 410g baked beans
  • 200ml vegetable stock, made from 1 cube

Serves 4

Makes 12  extra meatballs for freezing

Total time required 45 mins

  • Preparation time: 25 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins

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