Bean Rarebit

Bean Rarebit

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Jennifer T. 1

"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 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 365 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 22 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.4g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 18 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium:
  • 540 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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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.


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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...

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

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...

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.

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!

Made it just as written. Everyone in the family loved it and it was inexpensive, filling, and easy. What more could I ask for?

Boy, does this bring back memories. It has been eons since I’ve heard the word rarebit. I used my Panini press to toast a baguette I had sliced lengthwise, and then added sliced tomatoes to th...

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