Baked Beans from Scratch


These baked beans from scratch are made by combining navy beans, molasses, and maple syrup to make this classic dish at home.

close up view of Baked Beans in a baking dish
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 30 mins
5 cups


  • 1 cup navy beans, soaked overnight and drained

  • 4 cups water

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 small onion, chopped


  1. Place beans in a large saucepan with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 1 hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Stir ketchup, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and chili powder together in a small bowl; set aside.

  3. Once beans have simmered for 1 hour, drain, and reserve cooking liquid. Pour beans into a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish; stir in chopped onion and molasses mixture. Stir in enough reserved cooking liquid so sauce covers beans by 1/4 inch.

  4. Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C) and cook 6 hours longer, stirring beans after they have cooked for 3 hours. Once beans are tender and sauce has reduced and is sticky, remove from the oven, stir, recover, and allow to stand 15 minutes before serving.

Quick-Soak Option:

Place navy beans into a large pot and cover with several inches of cold water; bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, turn off the heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
0g Fat
26g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 364mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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