Smoky Beans and Polenta

I grew up actively avoiding baked beans. They have been nearly all the time at any household get-together however I used to be an avid bean hater (which is humorous given how a lot I really like them now). While I nonetheless don’t actually eat baked beans, I really like the thought behind them. Warm, smoky beans paired with salty bacon- it’s exhausting to go fallacious. This is why I really like these smoky beans a lot. I took the thought behind Laura’s coconut bacon and used the flavour in these beans. Using smoked salt actually brings the flavour collectively and this dish may simply be my new favourite consolation bowl.

Smoky Beans and Polenta

Smoky Beans and Polenta | Naturally Ella

Vegetarian consolation meals at it is most interesting: creamy smoky beans paired with polenta.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 cups cooked kidney or Jacob’s cattle beans (drained and rinsed if utilizing canned)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/four teaspoon smoked salt
  • Polenta, for serving
  • Scallion greens, for serving
  • Black pepper, for serving


  • Heat a medium pot over medium warmth. Add the olive oil adopted by the minced shallot. Cook for five to six minutes, till the shallot is aromatic and translucent. Add the remainder of the elements, by means of the smoked salt. Reduce the warmth to low and prepare dinner for four to five minutes. The beans ought to be scorching and the sauce thick. If the sauce is simply too thick, add a splash of water as wanted. Taste and add a pinch extra smoked salt as wanted.
  • Divide the polenta into 4 bowls and high with the smoky beans, chopped scallion greens, and a grind or two of black pepper.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 303 Calories from fats
% Daily Value
Total Fat three.four 5%
Saturated Fat .5 three%
Sodium 328 14%
Carbohydrate 57.5 19%
Dietary Fiber 9.5 38%
Sugars four.9
Protein 11.1

Percent Daily Values are primarily based on a 2,000 calorie weight loss program. Your day by day values could also be larger or decrease relying in your calorie wants:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Smoky Beans


To be truthful, I ate the beans by themselves for lunch. No polenta, no grains: simply beans. That’s how good these are. However, there’s just a few methods you should utilize these beans to make a meal:

Grains: If you need a speedier meal, swap the polenta for precooked grains or easy-to-cook grains like quinoa or millet.

Vegetables: Serve these beans with grilled or roasted greens. Just a few concepts: roasted cauliflower, grilled zucchini, and even these garlicky greens.

Chili: On my listing to make this winter is a chili with these flavors. Try including a bit extra of a tomato base and throw in some bulgur to bulk it up.

Smoky Beans and Polenta using Jacob's Cattle Beans