Green Beans & Bacon

We have this every year at Thanksgiving. The house is already full of delicious smells of turkey and hot rolls, then you add the beauty of bacon, and it’s glorious.

There are two ways you can make these beans. The first way is to do everything in the microwave–just put everything in a microwave-safe container with a lid and microwave for 20 minutes. The bacon does turn out floppy this way. We always used to use fresh green beans and then use the microwave method, either frying the bacon beforehand and then microwaving with beans or just putting the bacon in uncooked.

But lately we’ve been doing the stovetop method with frozen green beans. If you’re running low on time or want crispy bacon, you can cook the bacon in a pan on the stove until crispy, then add everything else and heat through. Either way is delicious. It can tend to be greasy, though.

And good news, this one is naturally gluten free.

Make it a meal with:

Green Beans & Bacon

  • Servings: 8?
  • Difficulty: easy
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Haha, a deliciously unhealthy take on a healthy vegetable.


  • 6 c. fresh Green Beans (about) or 2 pkgs. frozen Green Beans
  • ¼ c. Water
  • 1 pkg. Bacon
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


For microwave method, wash and trim full-length fresh green beans and place in microwave dish with lid, pouring water in bottom. Cut bacon with scissors and fry on the stove, then pour bacon and onion over beans in microwave-safe dish (or cut up uncooked bacon and place on top of beans with onions); but don’t mix because of water in bottom. Microwave about 20 minutes or until done.

For stovetop method, cut up bacon and fry on the stovetop, drain a little grease, then add onion and green beans to pan (omit water), and cook until it reaches the desired tenderness. You may want to put on a lid and let it steam for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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