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Old-Fashioned Baked Beans

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour 50 min. + standing Bake: 3 hours


16 servings

Updated: Sep. 25, 2022
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


  • 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


  1. 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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