Mom's Easy Bean Bake Recipe

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"My mom's baked beans are the best I've ever tasted!" contends field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups dried great northern beans (about 1 pound)
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 small onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 348 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 493mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 10g fiber), 15g protein.


  1. Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  2. Return beans to pan. Cover with fresh water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender.
  3. Drain, reserving liquid. Combine beans, 1 cup liquid and remaining ingredients in a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally (add additional reserved liquid if needed). Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Easy Bean Bake in Taste of Home February/March 1996, p45

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speedymomma User ID: 462894 9189
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"I followed the recipe exactly and it was yummy. If you like sweet baked beans, this is the recipe for you."

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