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 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 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 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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