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Not Your Mother’s Baked Beans

Baked beans are predictable and a much loved Boston tradition; after all, the city is known as “Bean Town.” Don't get me wrong; I love baked beans but sometimes it’s good to mix things up a little and that is what happened when I did a clean sweep of the frig and pantry and mixed dried beans and farro, a type of wheat berry. A ham bone from a party was still waiting patiently in the frig, so baked beans and farro was born.

Serves 8

1 cup dried beans (whatever you have)
1 cup farro or wheat berries
1 onion studded with 10 whole cloves
2 whole bay leaves
1 meaty ham bone
3 cups water
2 heaping tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ cup molasses
½ cup ketchup
Salt to taste
Grinding black pepper

Put beans, farro, onion, bay leaves and ham bone in a bean pot or heavy duty oven pot like a Dutch Oven.

In a bowl mix together the water, mustard, molasses, ketchup, salt and pepper. Pour over the beans and ham bone.

 Cover pot and place in 325F preheated oven for 2 ½ hours our until beans are tender but not mushy.

Remove ham bone and onion; scrape any meat off bone and add to the beans; remove the cloves from the onion and discard them. Cut the onion into small pieces and add to the beans.


  1. Elaine Ciampa's avatar

    Elaine Ciampa

    My question is, do I soak the dried beans before proceeding with this recipe? Thanks!
  2. Virginia meter's avatar

    Virginia meter

    You don't have to because they are cooked in the liquid
  3. Virginia meter's avatar

    Virginia meter

    You don't have to because they are cooked in the liquid
  4. Arlene's avatar


    How can I print the recipe only? I don't see a print option.
  5. Aaron's avatar


    Sorry, not for the blog posts. You can copy and paste the text.

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