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
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  • 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

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June 9, 20100 found this helpful

I make this when it gets cold out. It is one of my favorite soups. It looks to be exactly the same recipe handed down from my great great grandmother.

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