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New England Baked Beans Recipe

New England Baked Beans Recipe

For a potluck or picnic, you can’t beat this classic side that starts with a pound of dried beans. Molasses and maple syrup give it a slight sweetness. —Pat Medeiros, Tiverton, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + soaking Bake: 2-1/2 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1-1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


  • 1. Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add enough water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour or until beans are softened.
  • 2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to Dutch oven; add 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are almost tender.
  • 3. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onions in drippings until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, syrup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  • 4. Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid; place in an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Stir in onion mixture and bacon. Cover and bake at 300° for 2-1/2 hours or until beans are tender and reach desired consistency, stirring every 30 minutes. Add reserved cooking liquid as needed. Yield: 12 servings (2/3 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 385 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 810mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 8g fiber), 11g protein

Reviews for New England Baked Beans

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Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"This recipe was way,way too sweet. You could not taste anything else but that. I would say cut all sugar, molasses and syrup in half."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"Congratulations - finally a baked bean recipe that starts with dried beans and not one that uses canned baked beans! Very good!"

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"Based on previous comments, I reduced the brown sugar to 1 c. Still too sweet for our family! Although, overall had a really good flavor. Next time, will play with reducing the brown sugar just a little more and/or replacing half of the ketchup with tomato sauce and see if that suits our taste a little better."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"So delicious. Tastes like my grandmother's."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"I made these in the slow cooker with great results."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"This is the best baked bean recipe using dried beans that I have ever tasted! I usually make it in the crockpot overnight. I will sometimes substitute leftover ham for the bacon. This recipe is foolproof, and freezes well."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"I have used this recipe to make my own Bar-B-Q sauce ever since it was published in Taste of Home. It is the best!

I always make it ahead and can it so I have it ready when I need it!
Love it!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Yummy sweet baked beans. Worth the time. I did use less brown sugar (1c) based on previous reviews and it was great. Also didn't take the entire 2.5 hours to reach tenderness."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"Yummy - so fun & easy to make. Probably will use less sugar next time, maybe change up contents once in a while just to be different...thanks Pat."

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"I make this recipe but with less sugar, I usually add and taste then add and taste, it is about only 1 cup in the end. I will admit that I am asked to make these beans all the time, I'm asked to make my "famous beans"!!"

Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"Absolutely NOT New England baked beans.


Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"Great recipe I only made one change my family doesn't like real sweet beans, so I reduced the brown sugar to one half cup on the second go round and they all thought they were the BEST"

Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"I am from Vermont and made and ate New England Baked Beans many times, and we NEVER, EVER put ketchup in them. Wow - what a different taste that would be."

Reviewed May. 20, 2011

"The house smelled yummy when these were in the oven. The sauce is very sweet."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"These are the best baked beans I've ever tasted and my family totally agrees."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"awesome flavor"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"This recipe is EXCELLENT!!! I made them for my 4th of July gathering and everybody raved about them and wanted the recipe. This is my "go to" recipe from now on Thanks, Pat!!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"LOVED these. I did alter it a bit. I used the overnight soak method from the back of the beans pkg (I haven't always had good luck with the boil method). I substituted turkey bacon to cut the fat - diced it & fried it for a few minutes before adding the onion & garlic. Added the rest as instructed (except for reserving bean liquid) and poured it into my little blue roaster (JUST fit). Absolutely fantastic flavor. I'm making these for my daughter's bday and I can't wait for my mom (a great cook) to try them!"

Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"These beans take some time, but are easy to prepare and worth it. The flavor is wonderful"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"Fantastic! This was my first try at making baked beans from dried beans, and it was a huge hit! Everyone loved it and the flavor can't be beat!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"There's a local beef house that had, until this recipe came along, my favorite beans. Now I can surpass them at home. Outstanding!"

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"I prepared this recipe for Easter just as the recipe is written and it was wonderful. My son asked me if I had gotten the baked beans from Steve's Ribs a local barbecue restaurant. All the family enjoyed the beans and I will definitely make them again. Thanks!"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"Would you please post this recipe.  Apparently Taste of Home won't allow non American citizens to read it, and I am a subscriber to several TOH magazines.  Frustrating!

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"This recipe is time consuming but well worth the effort. I have been looking for a great baked bean recipe and this is it. Do not change a thing. Sweet and rich baked beans. Great."

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