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Vegetarian 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

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 6092


  • 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.

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