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Old-Fashioned Green Beans

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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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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  • JoanieK53
    Feb 16, 2020

    Delicious! My go to green bean recipe.

  • annrms
    Dec 23, 2019

    Made half a recipe. Used maple sugar and used vinegar as a reviewer suggested. Outstanding! Will make again!

  • Appy_Girl
    Dec 13, 2019

    Another wonderful side kick from Taste of home. These were so good. I had no bacon so I used the next best thing Ham. Love the nice little light sauce. it just brings those beans to life.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Mar 1, 2019

    These beans are delicious. I halved the recipe for the two of us and still have some left over. The brown sugar gives these beans a subtle flavor but not overly sweet. Quick and easy and far better than opening a can of beans. Volunteer Field Editor

  • sd20
    Oct 30, 2018

    Very good but next time I will not put the bacon in until the end after beans are cooked as per my family's request.

  • Lady Fingers
    Mar 23, 2018

    Effortless to make, and really tasty! I added a handful of pecans.

  • bernerlover
    Nov 27, 2017

    these were fantastic. I did add dried cranberries and salt. Next time I might try adding some pecans. Can't believe how good these were though. Husband loved them too. I'll definitely make these a lot

  • niessner39
    Nov 16, 2017

    THIS IS A FAMILY FAVORITE, BUT INSTEAD OF WATER WE ADD 1/2 CUP VINEGAR MAKING IT SWEET AND SOUR GREEN BEANS THIS IS DELICIOUS,

  • Sfcollins
    Nov 26, 2016

    I added fresh mushrooms to the recipe, tasted great.

  • mollie7
    Jul 28, 2016

    I added salt & pepper, garlic to taste!! Great taste & Flavor!!!