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Bean Rarebit

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"This is a lovely cheese sauce on toast. It was my mom's recipe. She used to make this when she had to feed a family of 9 with very few resources. However, I remember this as some of the best comfort food. Serve over buttered toast. For an extra special dish, we like to top it with a fried egg."
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25 m servings 365
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir flour and salt into onion until flour forms a paste, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually whisk milk and Dijon mustard into onion mixture and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Stir Cheddar cheese and white beans into sauce until cheese melts into sauce, 5 to 7 minutes.


  • Cook's note:
  • You can use Dijon or yellow mustard. Pinto beans can be substituted for the white beans.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 365 calories; 22 24.4 18 66 540 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

thank god for women like your mom...and thank you for saving this recipe

Most helpful critical review

I didn't like the cheese factor. Wondering if it would be good with white sausage gravy instead.

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thank god for women like your mom...and thank you for saving this recipe

I served this over toast with a fried egg on top, like the recipe suggests, and it was DELICIOUS! And easy to make! I used skim milk, as it was all I had, and it didn't seem to make a differen...

Lord have mercy! This is GOOD! I made it exactly like the recipe except I made twice the amount and used a mixture of pinto beans, navy beans and black beans. I tasted it to make sure its actual...

This is FOOD!!! It may be old-fashioned, but boy is this delicious. Just wonderful.

Well Ive never heard of rarebit and thought it sounded interesting so gave it a try and glad I did! This dish was so easy and quick to make and tasted great. I had it with and without the toast ...

I have made this several times. I love it, but it is definitely a folksy comfort dish, and so quick and easy to make. I gave it 4 stars because my teenagers will not even try it. Their loss -...

This recipe was introduced to me by a friend and I fell in love right away. I like how easy it is to make and that it stretches easily to feed extra people. The leftovers also freeze really well.

You know what, it's really good! I love that it is so simple, inexpensive, and delicious. Also a great idea for an easy meatless meal when you're wanting something along those lines. As already ...

Warm and rich. The fried egg on top is a nice touch. Not something you want to eat if you are trying to lose weight...but I'm not, so I had seconds!