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Quick and Easy Baked Beans and Cheese Casserole Recipe

Updated on April 16, 2013
This is the finished meal, complete with Smartandfun's Beer Bread
This is the finished meal, complete with Smartandfun's Beer Bread | Source

Supplies Needed:

  • medium pan (for pasta)
  • small pan with lid (for onion and baked beans)
  • collander (to drain water from pasta)
  • mixing spoon (to stir the pasta and the beans)
  • can opener (to open the can of beans)
  • casserole dish
  • serving spoon
  • oven mitt (so you don't burn your hands taking the food out)
  • Oven and stove, or microwave if you prefer

Another Meal for my Cookbook!

Last night I made this for dinner. It only uses a few ingredients, and it is quickest to make if you cook the pasta at the same time as you sauté´ the onions. Since the ingredients are all cooked separately, the completed casserole only needs to be in the oven for 12 minutes or so.

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Baked Bean and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

Cheese, pasta, onion and baked beans
Cheese, pasta, onion and baked beans | Source

Tip for Cooking Pasta:

To reduce stickiness, you may add either 1 teaspoon cooking oil, or else 1-2 teaspoons of salt to the pan of water.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 people about 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Ziti pasta
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium pan with about 3 quarts of water, and bring to a rapid boil
  2. Add pasta to the pan, stir, and return to a rapid boil
  3. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally (It usually takes 8-10 minutes)
  4. While pasta is cooking, saute onion in small amount of cooking oil. Once it is cooked, add a can of baked beans, and simmer on medium/high for 2 or 3 minutes until heated through
  5. Once pasta is cooked, drain
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  7. In casserole dish, layer half of pasta on bottom. Add half of baked bean and onion mixture over it, and the remaining pasta on top of that. Pour the rest of the baked bean mix over it, and pop in the oven for about 10 minutes
  8. Pull the dish out, add the shredded cheese on top, and put back in the oven for 2 or 3 more minutes, until the cheese has melted
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Sauteing the onionBaked beans cooking with the onionCasserole before the cheese is addedThe final product
Sauteing the onion
Sauteing the onion | Source
Baked beans cooking with the onion
Baked beans cooking with the onion | Source
Casserole before the cheese is added
Casserole before the cheese is added | Source
The final product
The final product | Source

Nutrition

The nutrition information below is based on using ziti rigati pasta, 1 medium yellow onion, a 16 oz can of baked beans, and 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. It does not include any cooking oil or salt you may use. Any variation will alter the nutritional value. Also, even though I took care to figure it all out, the amounts may not be exact, so keep that in mind.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 526
Calories from Fat135
% Daily Value *
Fat 15 g23%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Carbohydrates 72 g24%
Sugar 12 g
Fiber 9 g36%
Protein 22 g44%
Cholesterol 42 mg14%
Sodium 612 mg26%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Beer Bread

Beer bread before it goes into the oven
Beer bread before it goes into the oven | Source
Beer bread out of the oven
Beer bread out of the oven | Source

Variations:

  • Any kind of pasta can be used
  • Any kind of cheese can be used
  • I used traditional baked beans, flavored with molasses, onion and garlic, but any kind of baked beans can be served. You can even make your own! It will take longer than using the convenient can, but there's a link at the bottom with a very good version of homemade baked beans.
  • Parmesan cheese can also be added, in addition to other cheese
  • Season to taste. There are many different kinds of herbs and spices that taste wonderful in a meal like this
  • If you prefer a thicker casserole, add another step: Once the onion is sauteed, add 1-1 1/2 cups of milk and 2 Tablespoons of flour, and cook until thickened. Add in some extra cheese, and set aside to layer in the casserole once that step arrives. In that case, heat baked beans separately (unless you want to thicken the bean mixture).

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, well I love baked beans and I love mac n cheese, so logic would dictate that there is no way I will not like this recipe, right?

      Thanks my friend; I now have a new favorite recipe to try. :)

      I hope you are well and happy!

      bill

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill, I think you are right. If you like both of these, you should like them together! Unless, of course, you are one of those picky eaters who can't let the vegetables touch the potatoes or the meat.

      You're welcome, and thanks for reading and commenting! I hope you enjoy it.

      I am very well and happy! As long as I stay productive, and write, I am good :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This looks great. Sadly I'm on a low carb diet but will pin and share your recipe. I'll try it down the road though once I've lost a few more pounds.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Susan, low carb diets are rough! Good luck with losing weight. I know it can be hard. I am in the process of losing some, but it is slow and steady.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and when you do get the chance to try this, I hope you enjoy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      What a real winner, mac, cheese, beans and onions!! Love it. Thanks fr the beer bread suggestion too, it sounds and looks gorgeous. I do love homemade breads so will be keen to try it out too!! Useful, Interesting, Shared and Pinned for later!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      It is definitely a winning combination!

      I found the hub for beer bread a few weeks ago, and it looked so delicious. When I decided to make this casserole, the bread seemed like a natural thing to pair with it. Smartandfun has even better photos of the bread. It's simple, too, only needing a few ingredients, and no yeast. It's a heavy bread, but with a lightly sweet flavor.

      I'm glad you read and commented. If you ever try it, I hope you like!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I have to try your recipe. I love baked beans, and casseroles are on of my favorite things to make.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Monis Mas,

      I hope you do try it! I just had a small bowl of it, and even a day later it is tasty! I like casseroles, because they are easy to make, and almost anything can be put in one.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I am going to try this..sounds yummy!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you, Sheri, I hope you enjoy it!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Simple and fast. I love this cool recipe, Kathryn. The beer bread is a great addition. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rajan, thanks for reading and responding. I thought the bread was a good addition, too.

      You're welcome. Have a good weekend!

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Easy enough that I could pull this off and still tasty ... my kinda recipe! lol. Wouldn't have considered this combo, but can imagine it works well.

      Tweeted, pinned, shared, up and useful.

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      SHAR NOR 4 years ago from Miami, FL

      This is so cool in addition to the whole process being so easy and faster. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Brett, Thanks for reading and responding.

      It is a unique combination, but it works!

      Have a good weekend!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Sharingknowledge,

      Thank you for your input. I enjoy having visitors here.

      You're welcome, and if you try it out, I hope you like!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Looks creamy and so delicious love this kind of food, a creative recipe and is a healthy meal

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i am addicted to all kinds of cheese recipes and this one is no exemption. Love it! Up Up Up!

      shared

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, a quick and easy recipe. Will help me during my rush rush days. Thank you for sharing this. Votes up and sharing!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      DDE, Thanks for your input on my recipe. It is certainly healthier than many of the convenience foods nowadays. And it is creamy and delicious, for sure! If you ever try it, I hope you enjoy.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Spy, I LOVE cheese! Even when I try to restrict my calories to lose some weight, cheese is one thing I don't have the heart to omit. Cut down on, but not cut out. It has to be one of my favorite types of food. As you may be able to tell, since half of my current recipes have cheese in them.

      Thank you for commenting and loving it!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Livingsta, thank you for reading and commenting on my recipe. I appreciate all of the feedback.

      It is super easy and fast! It's nice to have quick meals once in a while. I like cooking, but some days I'm just not in the mood to spend much time on it.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      My mom is from Boston and she likes her Mac and Cheese all different ways. It must be a Boston thing! I'm sure she would love this.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I haven't lived in Boston for too long, but I am from Massachusetts. I grew up eating mac and cheese... well, not every night. But as an adult I like to dress food up a bit once in a while, because I like variety.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my site, Natasha. I have been browsing your blog and your photos, and your articles. Wow, you are everywhere! Your pictures are stunning.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This looks like a really good quick meal -- the kind I like best! I have never thought of mixing baked beans and pasta before, but it sounds interesting and worth a try. The flavoring is everything, yes? With just a little bit of whole kernal corn added to this you will make the beans a complete protein. I know the cheese is packed with protein, but why not add to it if it's not much trouble? I'm going to try this. It really does look like a great meal when you're in a hurry and especially good on a chilly day/night. Voted up!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Au fait, It is very quick and easy!

      Corn would taste spectacular in it, as well, and add some nutrition. I add vegeatbles to a lot of my dishes. Next time I have this, I'm going to try it that way!

      If you have it, I hope you like it. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      All the ingredients I love to eat, pasta, cheese, beans and bread!!! Great recipe Kathryn. Voted up and sharing :).

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Bake Like a Pro! I love all of those things, too! If you try it, I hope you like.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Something new to try! I love getting some kitchen inspiration. I often get cooker's block when I am not craving anything, but now I am! Thanks for sharing! voted up and pinned.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Insightful Tiger, I'm glad I got you craving this! I know what you mean by cooker's block. I can go quite a few meals with no problem, and then one day supper will come and I have no clue what to make!

      You're welcome, and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading and commenting on my recipe.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Kathryn (Kathryn Stratford) -

      That's some kind of fine-reading beans and pasta recipe. We never tried beans put together like this, but beans plus hot sauce can't be all bad, right? Worth a try. Will consult with the kitchen czar, anyway. Thanks.

      Gus :-)))

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I hope you do try it, and enjoy it. It's a very tasty combination, and easy. I agree, hot sauce and beans would be hard to be bad!

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my recipe. Much appreciated.

      ~Kathryn

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Sounds good and so easy and I like easy. Five stars and voted up,

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Moonlake, I appreciate it. If you try it, I hope you enjoy!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Came back to read a second time since I needed to make this. Kathryn, I hope you put down more recipes for the baking premixes you gave here sometime back. Thanks.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Magnificent treat indeed so easy to make and filled with goodness and looks so tasty.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      DDE, it is tasty, thanks for reading and commenting. This is one of my experimental recipes that came out even better than I imagined!

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