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Boston Baked Beans-Mayo Clinic

Recipe: Classic Boston baked beans

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Classic Boston baked beans

Dietitian's tip:

This legume dish is high in folate and a good source of iron. Folate helps form red blood cells, which contain iron. Both nutrients are important in preventing anemia.

Number of servings

Serves 12


  1. 2 cups dried small, white beans (navy beans), picked over and rinsed, soaked overnight and drained
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 2 bay leaves
  4. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 yellow onion, chopped
  6. 1/2 cup light molasses
  7. 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  8. 3 strips thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


In a large, ovenproof pot with a tight-fitting lid or in a Dutch oven, combine the beans, water, bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially and simmer until the beans have softened but are still firm, 65 to 75 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaves. Don't drain the beans.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Stir the onion, molasses, mustard, bacon and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt into the beans. Cover and bake until the beans are tender and coated with a light syrup, 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Check periodically to make sure the beans don't dry out, stirring and adding hot water as needed.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :about 1/3 cup

  • Total fat

    4 g

  • Calories


  • Protein

    4 g

  • Cholesterol

    4 mg

  • Total carbohydrate

    19 g

  • Dietary fiber

    6 g

  • Monounsaturated fat

    2 g

  • Saturated fat

    1 g

  • Sodium

    197 mg

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