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The Best Green Beans

The Best Green Beans have so much flavor with an amazing bacon brown butter garlic sauce!  This green bean recipe is a perfect simple side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 150kcal
Author Nichole


  • 1 Pound Fresh Green Beans, Trimmed and Washed
  • 6 Slices Bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Small Onion, Finely Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper, To Taste
  • Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil . Add the green beans and cook for 8-9 minutes until tender.
  • While the beans are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the bacon to desired doneness.  
  • Once the bacon is cooked, remove it from the skillet to a paper towel lined plate.  Pour off all but one Tablespoon of bacon grease (eyeball it) from the skillet.
  • Drain the green beans and set aside.**
  • Place the skillet with the reserved bacon grease back on the heat and add the butter.  Allow the butter to cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally to mix with the bacon grease, until browned.
  • Add the diced onion, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning to the pan.  Cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the green beans to the pan and stir constantly for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, salt and pepper the beans to taste then top with the bacon and parmesan cheese as desired.


**NOTE:  To keep your green beans bright green, you can place them into a large bowl of ice water after boiling and draining them.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 150kcal