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5 from 2 votes

Traditional Boston Baked Beans

A flavorful combination of cooked beans and bacon in a sweet thick sauce.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beans
Servings: 8
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Jane and Sonja


  • 2 cups white navy beans dry and uncooked (or 4 cups cooked)
  • 6-8 strips bacon as needed
  • 1 onion diced

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • Salt and pepper as desired
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • Soak the navy beans in 4 cups of water overnight.
  • Drain and rinse the beans and then place in a large saucepan or stockpot.
  • Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 15-20 minutes, then drain - reserving the cooking water.
  • While the beans are cooking, combine the sauce ingredients in a large bowl.
  • When the beans are done, add them to the sauce and stir to coat completely.
  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • In a casserole dish, layer the beans with the bacon and onions: 1/2 of the chopped onion, 3-4 strips of bacon, 2 cups of beans, then remaining 1/2 onion, remaining 3-4 strips bacon and remaining 2 cups beans.
  • Pour enough of the bean cooking water over the beans to cover in about 1/2” of water.
  • Place the casserole dish in the oven, uncovered, and bake for 3-4 hours until all of the water appears to be absorbed.
  • Stir well and serve.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 4mg