Full of fibre and protein, this is a good meal for babies too. Under 12 months, I would leave out the ham or bacon so that it isn’t too salty, but after then it’s fine. Roman couldn’t get enough of these for lunch today.
The plain beans and ham can be cooked and drained in advance to sit in the fridge for a few days and the entire thing can be done ahead. I actually think it’s nicer reheated the next day. I prefer to cook my own beans, because I don’t love the tinned ones (a bit too soft for me) but you can use canned ones if you prefer.
2 medium brown onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Drain beans and place in a large saucepan. Nestle the ham hock, if using, in the middle and chuck in a bay leaf. Cover well with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer until the beans are cooked, about 1 hour. Drain beans, reserving liquid. If using the ham hock, trim away the fat and dice the meat.