Stovetop Baked Beans Recipe

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Molasses really comes through in this big batch of sweet baked beans shared by our Test Kitchen. The recipe cooks quickly on the stove and makes enough for a picnic or barbecue. Or save the leftovers to use in the next two recipes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:17 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 17 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 222 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 623mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 8g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion in oil. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Stovetop Baked Beans in Quick Cooking July/August 2002, p16

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