Green Beans with Bacon and Onion Recipe

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"My green beans get a lift from bacon and onion," says Linda Rock, explaining how she accents a favorite everyday vegetable. A dash of nutmeg adds interest to the simple sauce. Linda fixes this much-requested side dish in her Stratford, Wisconsin kitchen.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cut green beans
  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash white pepper
  • Dash ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 84 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. Place beans in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. In the drippings, saute onion and green pepper until tender.
  2. Drain beans; set aside. In a small bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth; stir into the onion mixture. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the beans; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Green Beans with Bacon in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p20

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