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Old-Fashioned Baked Beans

These hearty beans are a super side dish for a casual meal. The ingredients blend perfectly for a wonderful from-scratch taste. The old-fashioned flavor will have people standing in line for more. -Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour 50 min. + standing Bake: 3 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 quarts cold water, divided
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring beans, salt and 2 qt. water to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans and discard liquid. Return beans to pan. Cover with remaining water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender. Drain, reserving liquid. In a greased 2-1/2 qt. baking dish, combine beans, 1 cup liquid, onion, molasses, bacon, brown sugar, mustard and pepper. Cover and bake at 325° for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until beans are as thick as desired thickness, stirring occasionally. Add more of the reserved cooking liquid if needed.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 154 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 7g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Michael
    Dec 31, 2020

    My additions and substitutions are: salt pork cut in inch pieces (10 ounces) a peel whole white onion, a few squeezes of tomato paste - no ketchup, one jalapeño, and a Granny Smith apple chopped in 1/2 inch pieces. Tastes better the second day too. Use an old ceramic bean pot from a yard sale.

  • 2124arizona
    Oct 18, 2020

    Great beans from scratch ?? Fixed this for family and was by all.

  • btlewisva
    Jul 3, 2020

    First time I've made this recipe. It's delicious. Based on another review I used 1/2 molasses and 1/2 pure maple syrup. Saving the water is a must -I added at the end of cooking to make more sauce. Will definitely make this again.

  • knollbrookcook
    Feb 2, 2018

    Made these beans yesterday. Very good. I put them in the crock pot for the afternoon instead of the oven, and that worked well. I think I would use half the molasses the recipe called for next time I make them, The molasses flavour was strong. Maybe maple syrup would be a good change up. Sure beats the canned beans!!!

  • delowenstein
    Dec 9, 2017

    11/4/17: Prepared recipe. This was the first time I'd even MADE a baked bean recipe from scratch! This dish is DELICIOUS! My changes: Used the reserved bean liquid as needed and 9 to 11 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled. Everything else was kept as recipe instructed!