Green Beans with Bacon

Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3 Lbs fresh green beans, trimmed
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ lb bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, (Optional)
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Add the trimmed green beans to a large pot of boiling, salted water. Cook until the beans turn bright green and are crisp tender. About 5 minutes.
  • Prepare a large bowl with ice water. Drain the beans, then shock them in the cold water to stop the cooking. Drain the beans again and set aside.
  • Cook bacon in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high until crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.
  • Add onion and saute' until soft and fully cooked, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and pepper flakes (if using) and saute' for about 30 seconds more, until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add green beans to the pan and cook until heated through about 5-6 minutes. Add the bacon and lemon juice. Toss with salt and pepper.
Keyword GF
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