Sweet Italian Green Beans

Sweet Italian Green Beans

49 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    25 m

“Crisp bacon, Italian tomatoes, brown sugar, green beans... everyone loves this unusual mixture of ingredients. It usually doesn't last long.”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  1. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove from the pan to drain on paper towels. Reserve the grease in the skillet and add the onions; cook and stir over medium heat until softened. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the green beans, tomatoes, basil, oregano and brown sugar. Crumble in the bacon and add the onion and garlic from the skillet. Warm over medium heat until heated through, 5 to 10 minutes.

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Grant L

Grant L

I almost didn't try this - I'm not a huge canned green bean fan. But I read through pages and pages of side dishes, and this is the only recipe that called out to me. I was very pleasantly surprised! The flavor is much more complex that one would expect from the rather simple ingredient list. But a warning - I read through recipe reviews on here and see people deviating from the recipe to try to "lighten" it up. So - please don't try to omit the bacon and its grease! Baco's and canola oil just isn't going to cut it. (To be fair I should add, I deviated from the recipe and simmered this for about an extra 10 minutes - the meatloaf I had in the oven wasn't done yet and I didn't want the beans to get cold...)



with some variations: i used steamed frozen beans, fresh tomato, 1 teaspoon each of oregano and basil, one table spoon of brown sugar, one garlic clove, Add pinch crushed red pepper THIS WAS AWESOME! I HATE GREEN BEANS< but loved this! Also left out the bacon, but it wasn't missed! MY vegetarian mother loved it! Thanks!



I made these green beans for my wedding and cannot tell you how many people have asked for the recipe or wondered where I got the green beans from!! They are easy to make (out of a can) and wonderful tasting!!

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 159 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 8.5 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs
  • 16.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 495 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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