Old-Fashioned Green Beans

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 01, 2023
Mom would prepare homegrown green beans using this recipe and, boy, did they ever taste good! The bacon provides rich flavor and the brown sugar a touch of sweetness. This is one irresistible side dish. —Willa Govoro, St. Clair, Missouri
Old-Fashioned Green Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, brown sugar and water. Stir gently; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until beans are crisp-tender, 15 minutes. Remove to a serving bowl with a slotted spoon.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 145 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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