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Boston Baked Beans, prepared and served in a bowl
Serving Size
Serving Size:
1/2 cup

Boston Baked Beans (Pressure Cooker)

Recipe Type

Baked beans to share at your next family get-together.



  • 1 pound Great Northern beans, dry
  • 8 cups water
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces bacon, cut into half-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced


Combine the beans and water in an electric pressure cooker. Secure the lid and set on manual; cook for 20 minutes. Allow a natural pressure release, about 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Beans should be mostly cooked through but still firm. Save 1½ cups of liquid and set it aside. Lift the hot inner pot out of the pressure cooker and drain the beans into a colander in the sink carefully to avoid burning yourself. Wash the pot and return it to the pressure cooker.

In a small bowl, whisk together the molasses, sugar, mustard and reserved bean cooking liquid. Set aside. Turn the pressure cooker to sauté and add the bacon. Sauté until some fat is in the bottom of the pot, about five minutes. Then add onion and sauté until it is translucent, about five more minutes. Stir the beans and the seasoning liquid into the pot with the bacon and onions. Secure the lid on the pressure cooker and set manually for 15 minutes. After cooking is complete, allow pressure to release naturally. Serve.

Dietary and Nutrition


Beans are a rich source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Beans are naturally low in fat and contain no saturated fat(s), trans fats or cholesterol. Studies show a diet that includes beans may reduce the risk of heart disease.

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