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Savory String Beans

I love making this dish when I can pick the beans right out of the garden and put them into the pot. The fresh taste is unbeatable. I've also made it with beans purchased at the store. Either way, you'll find this recipe a winner. There's no need for any extra seasonings at the table. —Ina Reed, Kingman, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 4 bacon strips
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cut green beans (1-1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon; crumble and set aside. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Add beans, water, onion and seasonings to drippings; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until beans are tender, 15-20 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 179 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 458mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • George
    Apr 3, 2018

    has a great flavor and simple to do

  • cskrn
    Jul 5, 2015

    This was delicious!

  • glitterchatter
    Aug 15, 2012

    All calorie talk aside, this is an excellent recipe. Super easy. With this tasty combo, I no longer need to search for a green bean recipe that's as good as my mom used to make.

  • askitzrow
    Aug 8, 2009

    No comment left

  • KScales
    Jul 20, 2009

    We have reviewed the recipe and found an error with how the bacon was calculated. The correct number of calories for 1 serving (1 cup) is 180 and the fat is 12 grams. The Nutrition Facts will be updated on the recipe soon.Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for bringing it to our attention.Taste of Home Test Kitchen

  • e05wxzk
    Jul 17, 2009

    Re: calorie content on string beans recipe. When I keyed this recipe into my computer recipe program using 4 slices of thick cut bacon, it calculated the calories to be over 400 per serving! When I changed the recipe to read 4 slices of turkey bacon, it recaluated the calories to be 125 per serving (and the fat to be 5.69g).

  • ceeceer
    Jul 17, 2009

    I agree with way would 1 cup have 304 calories! that sounds more like the caloric content of the entire recipe: 4 strips bacon=180 cal, 2 c green beans=80 cal, 1/2 c onion=30 cal.

  • rhinde1006
    Jul 17, 2009

    How could this dish have 304 calories per serving? Even the bacon with 1 T. of drippings shouldn't have more than 300 total.