• 250g dried haricot beans
  • 1L tomato juice
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tbs dark brown sugar

Put the dried beans and bicarbonate in a large bowl. Cover with cold water and leave to soak overnight. 

Once soaked over night, strain the beans and put them into a large saucepan. Add the tomato juice and brown sugar and bring to the boil. Once boilling reduce the heat and simmer until the beans are soft. This should take around 2 - 3 hours. If the mixture starts to look a bit thick, add some more water. 

Once cooked, add either fried bacon or worcester sauce for extra flavour or leave plain.