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Baked Beans

These easy-to-make baked beans from author Margaret Roach are an ideal meal choice for vegetarians looking to up their protein intake. If you prefer spicy foods, add some hot sauce. Meat-eaters, try substituting thick-cut bacon for onions.

  • Servings: 6
Baked Beans

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February 2011


  • 1 pound dried cranberry, navy, or yellow eye beans
  • 1/4 cup molasses, preferably organic
  • 1/4 cup grade A medium-amber maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup grainy mustard
  • 6 fresh, peeled, or canned whole plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • Boiling water
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Place beans in a large pot and add enough water to cover; let soak overnight. Drain and return to pot; add enough water to cover and simmer over medium-high heat for 30 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; stir in molasses, maple syrup, mustard, and tomatoes. Set aside.

  3. Coat the bottom of a Dutch oven or a 9-by-13-inch high-sided baking dish with olive oil. Add onions and top with bean mixture. Add enough boiling water to cover bean mixture by 1 inch. Cover Dutch oven with lid or baking dish with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil. Transfer to oven and bake until beans are softened, about 1 1/2 hours, checking water level and adding more as necessary.

  4. Uncover beans and continue baking until thick and syrupy, about 45 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Reviews (1)

  • LauraHurn 4 Jan, 2012

    I was excited to try this recipe as it sounded very good. Unfortunately I'm very disappointed with the outcome, as they're very dry and quite bland. I'll need to add more flavor to get these to fly at any group gathering. (Southerners are very picky when it comes to baked beans.) These need more flavor and tang, and considering the amt of time it takes to make these, I would have expected much more taste.

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