How do I know if the beans are done? The liquid mixture should be saucy but not soupy. If you’d like the sauce to be thicker, bake a few minutes more.
Conversely, you can avoid overcooking the beans by looking to see how saucy they are. If the sauce is drying up, remove the dish from the oven immediately. Once the sauce dries up, the beans will then begin to dry out too.
The recipe is easy to double. In that case, cook in a 9×13 pan and adjust cooking time up as needed.
If you skip the bacon, you could add ¼ to ½ teaspoon smoked paprika for a hint of smoky flavor.
If using the bacon and would like more bacony flavor throughout, you may stir 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease into the sauce.