Green Beans with Bacon is an easy one pan recipe made with 5 ingredients only! It will make a perfect side dish for any holiday or family meal. It cooks in about 30 minutes and is full of flavor from reusing the bacon grease to cook the green beans.
Green Beans and Bacon
This recipe is easy to prepare with a short ingredient list. Actually only 5 ingredients if you count the black pepper, and I assume everyone has salt in their kitchen. It’s a popular dish and a necessity for many holiday celebrations. Green beans with bacon can be made in about 30 minutes, using one pan only!
I always make this dish in a cast iron pan. My well-seasoned cast iron dish is naturally non-stick and easy to clean. Plus, it adds a great flavor to the bacon. For the best flavor and texture, make sure to wait until the pan is hot to add the bacon.
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How do you make green beans and bacon?
Many recipes ask to cook the bacon and green beans separately. Because of the different cooking time and preparation methods, it can be difficult to get both ingredients to the perfect consistency. For this recipe, I prepare them in the same pan, saving time and with less dishes to wash!!
I do recommend following the recipe of cooking the bacon until it is crispy before cooking the green beans. Cooking it first will create delicious bacon grease that will add extra flavor to the rest of the ingredients.
Can you put raw bacon in green beans?
- Due to the difference in cooking time, start cooking the bacon first.
- For this recipe, I recommend cooking the bacon until it’s crispy.
- Next, remove the bacon from the pan and cook the green beans with onions and seasoning in the grease.
- Once the beans are cooked through, combine them with bacon in one dish.
How do you make green beans taste good?
To give green beans a boost of flavor, I add sweet onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Plus, cooking them in the grease left from cooking the bacon adds a lot of flavor.
One Pan Green Beans with Bacon
Green Beans with Bacon is an easy one pan recipe that will be a perfect side dish for any holiday family meal. It cooks in about 30 minutes and is full of flavor from reusing the bacon grease to cook the green beans.
- 10 slices thick cut bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 pound green beans, washed and trimmed
- 1 sweet onion diced
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
Place a 9 or 10 inch cast iron pan over medium-high heat.
Once the pan is hot, add the bacon pieces and distribute evenly.
Let the bacon cook for 1 minute unmoved, start stirring it with a wooden spoon to cook evenly.
Cook bacon for about 5 minutes, or until crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Drain bacon grease, leaving only about 2 tablespoons.
Add diced onion and garlic, cook stirring for 1 minutes. Add the green beans, saute for 1-2 minutes.
Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 7-8 minutes. Uncovering and stirring ocassionally. Until the green beans are tender. Adjust for salt and pepper.
Add the bacon back to the pan, stir to combine. Cook for 1 more minute.