Southern Green Beans

Total Time
5 mins
45 mins

We have a family day every other month where everyone brings a dish. When I realized that no one was bringing a vegetable I dug through my pantry and refrigerator and came up with this recipe. It went over really well with everyone... and I come from a very vocal Italian family that feels free to tell you what they liked and didn't like about a dish. The bacon in this dish will not be browned or crunchy but it really gives great flavor to the green beans. Just make sure you dice it and don't use large pieces. I also eliminated a large part of the canning liquid so the 'pot liquor' would have a full-bodied flavor and the beans would not be floating in too much liquid.

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  • 3 slices bacon, large dice
  • 1 cup onion, large dice
  • 1 12 cups water
  • 2 cans cut green beans, drained
  • 1 can cut green beans, with liquid


  1. Place the bacon, onion, and water into a large saucepan and cook on high until all the water has almost evaporated.
  2. Watch this very carefully to keep from burning the onions and bacon.
  3. Add all the green beans to the pan and lower the heat to medium-low.
  4. Cover the pan and allow to cook for 30 minutes.