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Recipes Using Green Beans

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Green beans flavored with a small amount of bacon bits.

There are numerous recipes to make using green beans in addition to the popular casserole. This page contains recipes using green beans.


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Recipe: Green Beans and Ham

A dinner plate of green beans and ham.This is simple, down-home food. It was one of my favorites growing up and still is now. It's simple and a really great way to get kids to eat veggies - the beans taste too good to resist. I like this best served exactly like Mom used to do it - ham sliced on a platter, beans and potatoes swimming in a rich broth, and sides of biscuits or rolls, homemade jam, and marinated fresh vegetables (what I call quick pickles) to complete the meal.

I'll list the ingredients exactly like I made this for dinner tonight. You can vary the amounts of everything to suit your family needs.


  • 1 (4 lb.) ham
  • 2 lbs. fresh green beans, stem end trimmed off, broken in half
  • 4 medium large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • water
  • ham flavored bouillon

Quick Pickles:

  • 1 large tomato, in small wedges
  • 1 small onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled (if you like it that way) and cut in thin slices
  • 1 handful green grapes
  • 1 handful red grapes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • fresh pepper


Put the ham in a roasting pan and add water to come about half-way up on it. Roast it at 325 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours. Check the water periodically to make sure it's not cooking dry. You may have to add a little more water, but don't add too much because you want the richest broth you can get.

While it is roasting, prepare the quick pickles. You can use any veggies you like. Sliced peppers taste good and yellow peppers make the pickles even prettier. Hot peppers add a little zing, and are especially good with the grapes (grapes add a really nice note - vinegary vegetables, then the sweet crunch of the grapes. Adding them is the only thing I change from Mom's meal).

Cut them into bite size pieces. Put them in a bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a jar with a tight lid. Shake them until the sugar dissolves, then pour over the veggies. Stir them from time to time to make sure they all get time in the marinade.

When the ham is done, take it out of the broth and wrap it in aluminum foil. This will keep it nice and hot until you serve it. Put the prepared green beans in the broth, and add water to come close to covering the beans. Taste it, and add enough ham bouillon to make it taste really good. I never add salt to this - the ham and the bouillon are salty enough. (If you haven't tried ham bouillon, you should. It is really good to have on hand for flavoring bean soups, vegetables, and all sorts of things).

On the stove top, put the pot on medium heat and bring the beans to a nice simmer. Peel and cut the potatoes, and add them to the pot. Put the biscuits or rolls in the oven. The beans, potatoes, and biscuits should be done at the same time, but if the biscuits are done first, take them out of the oven and cover them with foil or a clean dish towel to keep them hot.

While everything is finishing, drain the marinade off the veggies and put them in a nice serving bowl. In such a short time, they will have a nice pickly taste, but still have their own fresh taste, and be nice and crunchy.

Servings: 6 with leftovers
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cooking Time: 2 - 2 1/2 Hours

Source: Vicy, my Mom

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

Recipe: Garlic Green Beans with Tomatoes

A different twist on green beans.


  • 1 can green beans, drained
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  • seasoned salt and pepper


Drain green beans. Add stewed tomatoes, about 1 teaspoon minced garlic, seasoned salt, and pepper according to your taste.

Simmer on top of stove about 20 minutes. Add cheese. Stir until cheese is starting to melt. That's it. We love it this way!

If you don't have any cheese, its good with the tomatoes and garlic with the green beans. Try it, I think you will like it.

Source: My daughter, Diana

By Dorothy from New Creek, WV

Recipe: Green Beans and Potatoes with Bacon

This is real comfort food. The recipe calls for a full pound of bacon - you can cut that down if you like. I make it with the whole pound since we rarely eat bacon.


  • 1 lb of lean bacon, chopped
  • 1 med onion, chopped small
  • 2 lbs frozen or fresh green beans
  • 3 - 4 medium potatoes, pared and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup water


Fry the bacon up. When it is about halfway done, drain all but 1 Tbsp. of the grease off (I save the grease for cooking). Add in the onions. Cook until the bacon is crispy, and the onion is soft. Add the water, green beans, and potatoes. Cover and cook until the veggies are almost done, then leave the lid off so that it thickens up a bit.


By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

Recipe: Green Beans with Almonds

diet bookThis is a way to serve green beans that has a lemony and nutty taste to it.


  • 1 (1 lb.) pkg. frozen green beans
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup blanched, slivered almonds
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon pepper


Microwave the green beans according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the almonds to the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally until heated, about two minutes.

Transfer the almonds to a stainless steel mixing bowl. Toss with the lemon pepper. Add the beans to the bowl and toss again. Serve immediately.

Servings: 6 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 2 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Source: The DASH Diet for Hypertension

By Robin F. from TN

Recipe: Green Beans with Bacon Vinaigrette

I think rather than making the typical green bean casserole with mushroom soup for Thanksgiving, this would be a new twist on it.


  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 lbs. green beans, trimmed
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 shallots, sliced or you could substitute green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool; transfer to a serving bowl.

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool, then break into pieces.

Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings from the skillet and return to medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the vinegar, mustard, oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add to the green beans, along with the bacon, and toss to combine.

Servings: 8
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
20 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: From the "In Style" website.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

Recipe: Green Beans And Potatoes


  • 8 slices bacon, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 lb. green beans, trimmed and snapped or cut in bite-size pieces
  • 2 big onions, cut into quarters
  • water, as needed (about 3 cups)
  • 10-12 small new red potatoes, scrubbed and with skins, halved
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


In a large pot, cook the bacon to render the fat and then remove the bacon to paper towels to drain. Or, if you have bacon fat that you've saved, heat a 1/2 cup until sizzling. Or use 1/4 cup bacon fat and q/4 cup vegetable oil. Stir in the green beans and the onions, if using, and cook until beans have absorbed some of the fat and turned bright green. Then add enough water to come to within 1 inch of top of beans. Cover and cook over low heat until almost done, about 1 hour. Add the potatoes, salt, pepper and more water if necessary.l Cook until the potatoes are done, about 15 minutes. If you want, you can scatter the bacon pieces over the top to serve. Makes 8 servings.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Creole Green Beans


  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 (1 lb) cans green beans
  • 1 Tbsp. onion soup mix
  • 1 (1 lb) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. sugar


Saute bacon until crisp; drain on paper towel. Pour off all but 3 Tbsp. drippings. Empty beans into skillet; add onion soup mix; heat thoroughly. Snip bacon into small pieces; add half to beans. Add stewed tomatoes and sugar to mixture. Top with remaining bacon. Make 8 servings.

By Sandy from Graettinger, IA

Recipe: Pork With Green Beans

beans and pork on white serving dish

This is a delicious green bean recipe made by my mother-in-law who is from Vietnam.


  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1/2 lb pork
  • 1 shallot
  • 3 green onions
  • cilantro
  • saft and peper
  • oil


  1. Cut green beans into 2 inch pieces and boil for 10 minutes.
  2. cooking beans
  3. While waiting for the green beans to get done, thinly slice shallots and pork.
  4. slicing pork
  5. Heat wok or pan on high and heat 1 Tbsp of oil for 10 seconds.
  6. adding oil to wok
  7. Add shallots in and stir until lightly browned.
  8. stirring shallots in wok with chopsticks
  9. Add pork in and stir until well done.
  10. adding pork and stirring with chopsticks
  11. Add in the green beans and add a little water stir for 2 minutes.
  12. add green beans and a little water
  13. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro and green onions and serve.
  14. seasoning with salt and pepper

By Tuyet [6]

Recipe: German Green Beans

These beans are a little tart and very tasty!


  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 3/4 cup liquid from green beans
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can green beans


Brown bacon until crisp. Cook minced onion in bacon fat until soft. Stir in flour. Add liquid from green beans, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Stir in green beans. Stir gently until heated through. Serve with the bacon sprinkled over top.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes
Cooking Time: varies Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Cheesy Green Beans

This is a great, kid-friendly, easy, microwave recipe with a great blend of ingredients.


  • 10 slices bacon
  • 2 (16 oz.) pkgs. cut green beans
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar Cheez Whiz


Cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon, reserving 1/4 cup drippings. Crumble, reserving 2 Tbsp. bacon. Microwave beans as directed on package; drain well. Add mushrooms and onion to reserved drippings in skillet. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. Drain. Add bacon, hot cooked green beans and pepper. Spoon into a 2 quart serving dish. Microwave Cheez Whiz as directed. Pour over green beans. Sprinkle with reserved crumbled bacon.

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: about 10 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Green Bean Mush

This is such an easy and tasty vegetable recipe. Can microwave or bake. My daughter calls it Green Bean Mush


  • 1 can green beans, drained
  • 1 can peas, drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup, can use generic
  • 1/2 cup cheese*
*Velveeta, cheddar, singles, any yellow kind you have on hand. Shred or tear singles into little pieces. Can vary amount of cheese to taste.


Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray for easy clean up. Drain the 2 cans of vegetables; add to casserole dish.

Add can of cream of mushroom soup. Add cheese and stir. Microwave for a couple minutes until cheese is completely melted, stirring occasionally.

If you already have the oven going, bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees F. Adjust time to the temperature of your oven.

Source: Been making it so many years; don't remember.

By pvold from Grand Forks, ND

Recipe: Garlic Green Beans


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper
  • 2 tsp. olive oil


Place beans with water to cover in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until tender; drain. Toss beans with garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil. Serve immediately.

Source: A friend, Howard

By Raymonde G. from North bay, Ontario

Recipe: Zesty Italian Green Beans


  • 1 large package green beans, frozen
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Mix the green beans, tomato sauce and the Italian dressing in a pan and simmer on low heat until the green beans are done. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese before serving.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Swiss Green Beans


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups green beans, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup Special K cereal
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. margarine
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. grated onion


Melt margarine, stir in flour, salt, pepper, sugar and grated onion. Add sour cream and stir until smooth. Cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and thickened. Fold in green beans. Pour into a 1 1/2 qt. baking dish. Lightly toss together cheese and cereal. Sprinkle over beans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Country Style Louisiana (Cajun) Green Beans

I'm 6-generations Cajun, and all my family (including 3 Aunts and 5 Uncles) were farmers in LA, and therefore we had 'country' cooking all the time. Here is a recipe for the most fantastic green beans ever.


  • 1 large cast-iron chicken fryer skillet (approx. 14x3 1/2 inches)
  • 2 cans of Green Beans (32 oz.)
  • 3 Tbsp. bacon grease or vegetable oil
  • 1 5 inch link Andouille sausage


Slice sausage into thin (1/6 - 1/8 inch thick) slices and slowly saute in skillet until brown on both sides. NOW add bacon grease or oil. Open cans of green beans and pour all contents, including liquid. Spread green beans evenly throughout skillet and cover. Turn heat to SIMMER and let simmer for 2 HOURS.

Beans will wilt and appear to be 'fresh', no other seasoning is necessary. Andouille taste will be prominent. Check every 15-20 minutes, the final cooking should reveal very little liquid and wilted, 'fresh' green beans.

Yes, this is time consuming, but every good cook will tell you that every dish is NOT microwavable :) and NO!, ONLY CAST-IRON will deliver the taste. You'll waste time and ingredients with Aluminum, Stainless Steel or Porcelain.

CAUTION: You may have to double the recipe the next time it's requested :)

Tip for Cast-Iron Care

Season your ware the first time by washing well, then heating in an oven at 300 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Apply either a heavy coating of Crisco shortening or spray with Pam. Let cool, wipe lightly with towel, but leave a light coating of your application.

NEVER, EVER EVER use soap to clean. After using, rinse well with hot water to remove all food matter. If burnt food exists, let soak in warn water until loose, then remove gently with wooden spatula. DON'T remove/chip the 'seasoned' finish. After cleaning, always wipe down with shortening or Pam. Rinse with warm water before using.

By Cajun62234 from Collinsville, IL

Recipe: Country Green Beans


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fully cooked ham, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


In a saucepan, combine all ingredients; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until beans are tender.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Herbed Tomatoes 'n Green Beans


  • 3 green onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper


In a small skillet, saute onions and garlic in oil until tender. Add beans and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 6-9 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in the tomatoes and seasonings; heat through.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Cajun Style Beans


  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 4 cups pork and beans
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup onions
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 lb. crisply fried bacon
  • 1/2 cup green pepper (optional)


Brown meat, onions, pepper and chopped green peppers. Add to beans and salt. Add ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Stir in bacon and place in casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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I really need ideas for using up canned green beans.

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By oliviya01/17/2015

In a medium skilled I heat 1 Tbsp of butter and fry 1 can of drained green beans for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile In separate bowl I wisk 3 eggs with little bit of milk(1/4 cup) and little bit of salt. Then pour this mixture on little bit fried green beans, cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and it's done. It taste delicious.
I my self hate canned green beans, but this actually taste good.

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Would anyone have a recipe for creamed green beans? I would really appreciate any help. It's not like the green bean casserole.

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  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 can peeled tomatoes (16 oz.)
  • 1 can cut green beans, drained (16 oz.)


Cook bacon until crisp. Add onion and green pepper to 3 Tbsp. bacon drippings; cook until tender. Blend in flour, sugar, salt, pepper, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Add tomatoes; cook until thickened, stirring. Add beans. Heat. Makes 6-8 servings.

By Robin from Washington, IA