Onion and Bean Stew

Onion and Bean stew is a stew that uses onions, beans and celery for its base ingredients. It tastes delicious and I cooked it up as supplies were getting low! Its cost is really low and it’s a great use of leftover vegetables! Simply to make this a vegetarian recipe, replace the lard with olive oil. While replacing the beef stock cube with a vegetable stock cube.

You can also change the beans for any other- kidney beans are recommended for this recipe. Some extra spice can help as well around a tablespoon of cayenne pepper.

If you’re looking for another way to use beans you can check our bean quiche!

Onion and Bean Stew Recipe

Onion and Bean Stew

Josh N.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4 persons


  • 1 cup soaked white beans
  • 1 whole garlic (diced)
  • 500 ml liquid stock (vegetable)
  • 1 stock cube (beef preferable, can be other)
  • 8 celery sticks (sliced)
  • 25 grams lard (or olive oil)
  • 4 whole medium/small onions (smaller preferable)
  • 2 tbsp oats

Onion Spices

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin


  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 2 pinches salt



  • Dice the onions then add to a skillet. Brown then add the onion spices until they've incorporated. Add to side for use later.


  • Add the soaked beans with water then cook them for around half an hour or until its cooked. Then add the stock cube wait til dissolved then add the stock liquid and chopped celery. Add the oats.
  • Add the lard and the herbs together in a skillet on low heat then mix until they've combined. Add this mixture to the stew.
  • Add the garlic to the stew then keep on heat for a few more minutes. Serve.


Keyword bean, onion, stew

Bean Quiche

This bean quiche is a delicious quiche using cost-effective ingredients and filling you up at the same time! It’s great for saving money! For this recipe, we used white beans but you can use any other form of the bean as long as it can go into this!

Red Leicester cheese is used in this- but other forms of grated cheese are okay as well! If you want to put any vegetables in this make sure to brown them. I didn’t put any into the recipe since I was out of vegetables and well. This food blog is for starving students! So there are a lot of ingredients lacking to make up for the cheap price. If you’re looking for a meat quiche, we in fact have a pork loin quiche!

Bean Quiche Recipe

Bean Quiche

Josh N.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4 persons


  • 1 pie dish (lined with pastry)


  • 5 eggs
  • ¾ cup double cream
  • 3 tbsp parsley
  • 3 tbsp sage
  • 3 tbsp basil
  • 200 grams grated cheese
  • 1 cup white beans
  • 3 tbsp lard
  • 1 pinch salt



  • Fill a pot with water and put the white beans in. Leave for 24 hours then drain the water.


  • Heat oven to 175 C fan on.
  • Add a baking sheet above the pastry pie dish with pastry on then add the baking beans for 10 minutes to blind bake.
  • Whisk the eggs together. Add the double cream after then the salt with the beans. Add the grated cheese then take out the pastry dish once the time is over.
  • Add the lard to a skillet with the herbs on low heat until they are together; add it to the mixture then mix in.
  • Add the mixture to the pie dish after taking the baking beans out. Put in oven for around 45 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


Keyword bean, cheap, frugal, quiche

Budget Mixed Bean Stew

If you’re on a budget and need a good amount of protein and filling then this Budget Mixed Bean Stew is for you! Utilizing the cheap price of cans – can save you money even more so in the cost of living crisis.

For this stew, we used a leftover vegetable and cutting stock and we used the canned liquids as well. You can find that here. Using that type of stock for the stew saves even more money on a shoestring budget! We have a whole list of budget recipes on our YouTube channel too if you would like to check them out! Adding a bit of fat to this recipe can also help give it extra depth, such as olive oil or lard!

Budget Mixed Bean Stew Recipe

Budget Mixed Bean Stew

Josh N.
Course Soup
Cuisine British
Servings 4 persons


  • 200 ml super rich stock
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cans mushrooms
  • 1 can chopped tomato
  • 1 can mixed beans
  • carrots
  • 1 whole garlic
  • 1 handful coriander
  • 3 tbsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric


  • Brown the canned mushrooms on a skillet then add them into the stockpot.
  • Slice the onions evenly into dices then brown them adding them to the stockpot once browned. Do the same with the carrots. Dice the garlic.
  • Add all of the other ingredients into the stockpot and cook for around half an hour. Stirring often.
  • Serve with a pinch of corriander on top to serve.


Keyword bean, budget, cheap, mixed, stew

Sausage Bean Casserole with Leftovers!

This sausage bean casserole is a very delicious way to use up sausages and any beans that you need to use up. We used black beans for this which turned the liquid quite brown so it can be replaced for aesthetic reasons.

In this recipe we use dried finger chillies- you can find our recipe for them here.

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Flour is used in this recipe to add thickness to the casserole to stop it from being too liquidy. You could alternatively use cornstarch instead in the mix. Alternatively, you can omit the dried finger chillies if you don’t like the spiciness.

Sausage Bean Casserole Recipe

sausage bean casserole

Sausage Bean Casserole

Josh N.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British


  • 3 medium red onions
  • 3 celery
  • 6 sausages
  • 4 tbsp black beans (cooked)
  • 1 large carrots
  • 1 garlic
  • 300 ml stock liquid
  • 1 canned tomatoes
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 9 dried finger chillies


  • Preheat oven to 180 C fan on
  • Add the black beans to the casserole dish!
  • Cut up the onions then brown them evenly then add them to the casserole dish, do the same with the carrots, garlic and celery.
  • Cut the finger chillies into the casserole dish.
  • Add the stock then cut the sausages then flour them. Add the flour, chopped tomatoes and sausages to the dish then mix everything.
  • Cover the dish then place in oven for an hour and a half; remove for the last 30 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven then leave for 2 hours to cool. Then eat.
Keyword bean, black beans, casserole, celery, hearty, sausage, tasty


We hope you enjoy this sausage bean casserole! We have a few other casseroles which you might want to try.

  • Spicy bean casserole– this spicy casserole uses chilli and meat and creates a sensation that you want to come back to! Perfectly thick and filling- you must try it out!
  • Chipolata casserole– got any chipolatas? Well, this recipe might be for you! All the herbs and spices bring this casserole to another level! Why don’t you try it out next time!

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Casserole: Spicy bean and meat recipe

This casserole is a very spicy but delicious eat! You can add more spices if you want to enhance the flavour. The casserole utilizes canned food to make it cheaper to cook. You can also use any type of beans or meat. Really, the flavour is controlled mostly by how strong the stock is. You can see a shorter version here.

Meats for the casserole.

Often I would suggest using sausage or any meat that cooks quite quickly; if you’re using other meat though- make sure to put a thermometer through the dish if you’re taking it out and make sure that it’s around 75-90 Celsius.

If you’re not wanting to have it too spicy and want a light one, I did a chipolata variation. All you would need to do is to remove the cayenne chilli powder!


You can substitute the mixed beans with really any bean you want. You can use other flours as well- though some are better than others. Cornflour is always the best for thickening- but make sure to use less if you use a strong thickener.

You can also substitute any of the vegetables for anything you want. The great thing with casseroles is that you can customize them however you want!

Topping the casserole

You can apply toppings onto the casserole; I used paprika for this one. You could add any powder to melt into it after it’s straight out of the oven. I would try garlic powder next time I create this dish again. Then again, feel free to mix and match different flavours! Experimentation is the key to finding new recipes and favourite flavours!

spicy bean and meat casserole
It was absolutely delicious! You should try it!
spicy bean casserole

Spicy Bean and Meat Casserole

Josh N.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4


  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1 can mixed beans
  • 500 (or 1l) ml stock liquid
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 whole garlic
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 4 chili peppers
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 cans chopped tomato
  • 100-200 grams grated cheese
  • 400 grams any evenly chopped meat
  • variable flour for use to cover the meat to add thickness to the casserole. If you don't use meat- just add flour to the casserole instead and mix thoroughly.


For the stock

  • If you're creating the stock from scratch- put any vegetable cuttings into a pot of water (make sure to wash them first) then boil for half an hour.
    You may leave the stock step after you've browned all the vegetables- to use those cuttings before popping the casserole in the oven.
    DONT DISPOSE OF THE CANNED LIQUID- put it into the stock water as well! It has so many nutrients inside of it! If you don't want it too liquidy- make sure to reduce it.


  • Preheat oven to 180C fan.
  • Chop the red onions into slices along with the garlic.
  • Brown the red onions and garlic, slice the celery and peppers.
  • Brown the celeries and peppers- add all the browned vegetables to the casserole dish.
  • Add all of the herbs and spices to the casserole dish then mix together to evenly distribute.
  • Add the canned tomato- then mix again, Cover the meat with flour then add it to the casserole dish.
  • Mix again then add the cheese as the topping then pop into the oven for around an hour thirty to two hours.
  • Leave to cool for around an hour to two.
  • (optional) add paprika to the top of the casserole.


Keyword bean, beans, casserole, meat, spicy

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