Green Bean Bundles of Joy Recipe
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Green Bean Bundles of Joy Recipe

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To make green beans fit the new baby theme dinner, I baked them in little bundles, secured with strips of bacon. A few minutes under the broiler makes the bacon crispy. The dish gets its tang from Italian dressing, which the beans are baked in. -Ame Andrews, Little Rock, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Broil: 5 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Broil: 5 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 4 to 6 bacon strips
  • 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 203 calories, 20g fat (4g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 618mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add beans; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside. Cut bacon in half lengthwise; place on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Microwave on high for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until edges curl. Place four or five beans on each bacon strip; wrap bacon around beans and tie in a knot.
  3. Place bundles in an 8-in. square baking dish. Drizzle with salad dressing. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Green Bean Bundles of Joy in Taste of Home February/March 2002 , p37

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ebramkamp User ID: 702841 106598
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"Really tasty. After reading the reviews I did not boil the beans in the beginning and they came out perfectly. This recipe is very simple but looks elevated. I did the prep work prior to my guests arriving and had the bundles ready for baking."

charleyree User ID: 6281168 83219
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"to make it simple for just two I did not bundle the beans.Just put them in baking dish with bacon and dressing."

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 76598
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"My family really liked these green beans. Since I've made similar recipes before and the beans came out wizened, I didn't boil them in the beginning, as the recipe calls for, and they came out great and not overcooked. This simple recipe is, I think, the best way to make green bean bundles."

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