Baked Beans

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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

Welcome to Claire's

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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Homemade baked beans taste so much better than any store-bought beans. You can make them on your day off and reheat them within 3 days for convenience in a pinch.


  • 1 12-ounce can organic Great Northern beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet organic onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 strips meatless smoked bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • ¼ cup organic blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coarse deli mustard, or other
  • 1 organic orange, Valencia or other
  • Sea salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Drain the beans and rinse under cold water, then drain again. Turn them into a bowl. Add the olive oil, chopped onion, meatless bacon, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and mustard. Grate the zest from about one-third of the orange and add about a tablespoon of the orange zest to the bowl. Into a separate bowl, squeeze the juice from the orange, picking out any seeds, then add the juice to the bowl with the beans. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and pepper. Toss well, using two wooden spoons to combine. Taste for seasonings.
  3. Spray a 3-quart glass baking dish with olive oil or organic canola oil spray. Turn the bean mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, until beans are hot and bubbling.