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Cranberry Beans

Posted Oct 25 2008 4:48pm

I made up this recipe for my daughter Cammie and her friend Lauren when they were here a few weeks back. They really enjoyed this dish and so did my husband Tom. He put it on his list of "you can make this dish anytime" recipes. My sister Ruth and I tasted my beans the next day and decided at the same time I should name this post "Not Your Average Beans." The special beans are from Italy and come in small one-cup packages. Cranberry beans are also known as Borlotti beans one of the tastiest and most classic Italian beans.

I bought mine (D'Allasandro brand) at Lois' Natural Marketplace in Scarborough (Maine). They can also be bought online.


1 package organic cranberry beans
1 onion
1 tablespoon barley malt
1-2 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon sea salt 
1 tablespoon of mustard (I use Annie's gluten-free)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (basil, rosemary, oregano) (This is optional.)
1/2 teaspoon cumin (optional)
spring or filtered tap water
garnish with parsley

Soak beans overnight or in the morning for 6 hours. Drain soaking water, add new water to cover beans by one inch. Bring to a boil on high flame, turn to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add sea salt and simmer 15 more minutes.

While waiting, dice onion and saute in the olive oil in a skillet. Add (optional) seasonings at this time and cook until onion is translucent. Add onion mixture to the beans when beans are done.

Stir in barley malt and mustard and simmer on low for another 5 minutes.

Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve with a whole grain such as farro or brown rice (or a cracked grain such as polenta) and a side of vegetables.

Serves 6-8. Enjoy!

Gluten-free, wheat free, soy-free version: This is an easy recipe ... in place of the barley malt, brown rice syrup can be substituted. For the mustard ... I frequently use that one is wheat-free ... Annie's Naturals Organic Dijon Mustard. The first ingredient is distilled white vinegar from corn. This recipe contains no soy.

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