Do you remember as a child the joy of a new toy? You must remember those special days when your parents treated you and said yes as you loitered in the toy aisle. The wonder and excitement of a new colouring book, building blocks or my case a Barbie was the best. A new toy to build with and dream with, allowing your imagination to transport you.

While there are still days I think a new Barbie would be simple happiness, as an adult I flex my creativity and find wonderment and excitement in small kitchen appliances and cooking tools. Yes once geek, always geek.

Currently I’m finding joy with my new Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker. I’ve been debating getting one for months now. A few times I almost purchased this hyper efficient, multi-function small appliance, but never pushed the ‘buy now’ button as my little kitchen is currently bursting at the seams. Along came Prime Day and the deal was too good to pass up. And let me tell you this Instant Pot is like getting the coveted Holiday Barbie (children of the 80s you know what I mean). I freaking love my Instant Pot. There is nothing it can not do, okay I may be exaggerating a little bit, but it can do a lot. Pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer.. slow cooker. It can do it all.

The first Instant Pot recipe I want to share is a personal favorite, baked beans.Baked Beans – Instant Pot Recipe | Un Assaggio of Food, Wine & MarriageBaked beans are one of my favorite comfort foods. Beans on toast are one of life’s simple pleasures, but homemade baked beans are not the most practical for a weeknight dinner. Between the overnight soaking of the navy beans and the 8 hours of baking in the oven, who has time for that on a Tuesday?! Or worst a hot summer day? Canned beans are okay, but there is nothing better than homemade beans.

Thankfully the Instant Pot is changing all of that. Tuesday, 30 degrees outside, no problem. Like traditional baked bean recipes, the navy beans still have to be soaked, but thanks to the Instant Pot I can soak the beans all day while at work and then with only an hour of cooking in the pressure cooker the most delicious beans are ready. I actually prefer the beans in the Instant Pot, over my dutch oven. Now that is one sentence I never thought I would write.

But get a close up look at these beans… AH-mazing!

Rich, sweet and full of flavor, these beans make a delicious side dish for grilled meats or serve alone on toast. Just don’t forget to make extra, because they are even tastier the next day!!

Thanks to my Instant Pot, I can clear out those tins of beans in my cupboard and can enjoy homemade baked beans any night of the week. So move over Holiday Barbie there is a new favorite toy in town!!

Baked Beans

Instant Pot recipe for quick, delicious homemade baked beans.
Servings 8


  • 2 cups dry Navy Beans

  • 1 cup bacon, diced
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp sea salt1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup water


  • Soak beans in cool water for at least 8 hours.
  • With the lid off of the Instant Pot, add bacon and turn on sauté function. Cook bacon for 2-3 minutes, until browned. Remove bacon to paper towel lined plate, leaving the fat of the bacon in the pot. Add onions and cook until soft. Turn off sauté function, and add in chicken stock stirring up the brown bits from the bacon with a wooden spoon.
  • Mix in all remaining ingredients, then add in soaked navy beans. Liquid level should just cover the top of the beans, add more if needed. Leave out cooked bacon pieces
  • .Set the lid, selecting the bean function, increase time to 40 mins, and cook beans. Once cycle is finished, release lid and stir in bacon. Reseal the lid, and cook for an additional 10-20 minutes depending on liquid remaining.
  • Once final cycle is complete, set immediately or use keep warm function.


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