Learn how to make Barley Baked Beans, one of Rita's recipes incorporating whole grains.

Barley Baked Beans


  • ¾ cup pearl barley
  • 2½ cups water
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In small saucepan with cover, bring water to a boil. Add barley; return to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 45 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  2. Pour cooked barley into large bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Pour into 2-quart baking dish. Bake in preheated 325º F oven for 2½ hours, stirring occasionally.  The mixture can also be cooked all day in a slow cooker.

Makes 12 servings.