Nana’s Famous Green Beans

These are my Nana’s Famous Green Beans! One of the most requested recipes from my family – year-round! Made with just a handful of ingredients and Whole30 compliant!  A delicious addition to any meal!

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These are my Nana's Famous Green Beans! One of the most requested recipes from my family - year-round! Made with just a handful of ingredients and Whole30 compliant! A delicious addition to any meal! // Mom On Timeout

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Growing up my Nana was my biggest supporter of my efforts in the kitchen.  Almost every day after school I would go to her house and we would make something.  Usually involving chocolate.  My Nana had a sweet tooth just like me :)

These are my Nana's Famous Green Beans! One of the most requested recipes from my family - year-round! Made with just a handful of ingredients and Whole30 compliant! A delicious addition to any meal! // Mom On Timeout

So much of my time is spent developing new recipes that I often forget to share family recipes that totally rock my world.  I’ve shared my Nana’s To-Die-For Carrot Cake, her Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crunch Balls and her Sausage Gravy and I just couldn’t wait another day to share this one with you all.

One of my Nana’s recipes that is near and dear to my heart is Nana’s famous green beans.  My Nana would serve up these mouth-watering green beans for all sorts of special occasions.  What my Nana never realized was how much more special each of those occasions became with the addition of her famous green beans to the menu.

These are my Nana's Famous Green Beans! One of the most requested recipes from my family - year-round! Made with just a handful of ingredients and Whole30 compliant! A delicious addition to any meal! // Mom On Timeout

To this day, they are frequently requested and often enjoyed throughout the year by my family.  They never fail to make it to my sister’s birthday dinner, our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and any other time we have fresh green beans available.

The beans are cooked with bacon and onions for as long as possible until they become so tender and flavorful that it’s hard to resist snatching one or two each time you check on them.  We frequently serve a “real” vegetable or salad with these green beans because they are just too good to count :)  My Nana’s Green Beans will be served at our Thanksgiving meal and it’s one yummy way to honor an amazing woman.

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My Nana’s Famous Green Beans
 
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These are my Nana's Famous Green Beans! One of the most requested recipes from my family - year-round! Made with just a handful of ingredients and Whole30 compliant! A delicious addition to any meal!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 pounds of rinsed and trimmed fresh green beans
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • 1½ cups chicken broth or water
  • salt and pepper to taste (I usually don't add salt because the bacon is plenty salty)
Instructions
  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook over medium heat in a heavy 3 qt saucepan until the bacon is fully rendered.
  2. DO NOT remove any of the bacon grease - it's what makes these green beans so amazing!
  3. Add the onions and saute with bacon until transparent.
  4. Add green beans and pepper and stir making sure the bacon drippings are getting mixed in well.
  5. Add chicken broth and reduce heat to low.
  6. Cover and continue cooking the green beans for 30 minutes up to two hours, stirring occasionally. Make sure there is liquid in the bottom of your pot so that the beans don’t get scorched.
  7. Check for seasoning levels and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  8. Enjoy!

These are my Nana's Famous Green Beans! One of the most requested recipes from my family - year-round! Made with just a handful of ingredients and Whole30 compliant! A delicious addition to any meal! // Mom On Timeout

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Comments

  1. Bacon can do wonders for vegetables, can’t it? This looks so good and I can see why it became a family classic!

  2. Oh, my goodness, Trish! I can almost taste these. They sound just like my Mamaw’s green beans that she would make from her garden. I can smell the bacon sizzling. Thanks so much for posting this. I have never made green beans this way, but I plan on trying it real soon. Pinned! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Blessings,
    Nici
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  3. These sound amazing with the bacon & green onion, & it’s so evident how much this recipe means to you. I can see how much love went into these green beans! Thank you for sharing such a treasured recipe!
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  4. Holy cow!! Bacon in green beans, I am totally sold!
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  5. Valerie Lunsford-Winbush says:

    My family & I love string beans, so I was interested in trying something new. I made this recipe today, and it was a slam dunk! I initially thought the string beans would be greasy from the bacon, but they were not. The string beans were delicious. As a matter of fact, my nephew was mad there were no leftovers. The only change I made was that I used canned string beans in lieu of fresh. Thanks, Mom on Timeout, for sharing your Nana’s recipe.

  6. You can’t really go wrong adding bacon to anything!! I will be trying these out soon – they sound tasty! Nana’s always know best!
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  7. Trish, the directions say to add in pepper and green beans. I don’t see pepper listed in the ingredients.
    Are you talking about seasoning or green pepper?

  8. Sounds great!! Can you tell me approximately how many servings in 2# of green beans? Thanks. Planning on serving with our Easter ham.

  9. Lesli Marshall says:

    My grandmother, Mimi, made some similar to this, with just a pinch of sugar to the final product. MMmmMmmm! It is the ONLY way I eat green beans!

  10. I was just reading Whole30, you must have read my mind. Any more ideas for Whole30 compliant recipes?

  11. My mom made green beans just like your recipe except she would add a couple extra things: small amount
    of olive oil, garlic, and sometimes she would add potatoes. The potatoes taste so good cooked this way. I
    think my mom got her recipe from her mom, my nana. No recipe or amounts, I just learned how it was made.

  12. OMG, your green beans looks so mouthwatering good. Thanks!

  13. Ann Cunningham says:

    This is the way my mom made her greenbeans and omg they were always delicious and this is the way I fix them now.

  14. I have made these the last two easters!!!!
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