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Kentucky Wonder Beans

Kentucky Wonder Beans

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These are an old soul food heirloom favorite in the garden and what I remember eating frequently as a child. I grew the pole variety this summer and they are super prolific/productive. They taste like nothing you buy in a store - super meaty, tender, long-lasting flavor. And now they are a favorite in my own family. The beans will cook in this semi-salty broth, and won't be as salty as is the broth.

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  • Calories:
  • 78 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 4.5 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 8.3g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 285 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Pour about 1 inch of water into a saucepan; add green beans, bacon, garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and place a cover on the saucepan. Cook beans until tender, 7 to 10 minutes.
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Sarah Jo

This is exactly how my Grandma always cooked green beans out of the garden. Only change made was she cut the bacon up into bits, sauteed it in her cast iron skillet with a little butter and threw in the green beans and saute it a little before adding the water, pepper and salt. This takes me right back to childhood whenever I make it.

Holiday Baker

These were excellent! They had that southern vegetable taste, without frying up a bunch of bacon or cooking the vegetables in tablespoons of bacon grease. It made the texture much better too, in my opinion. I wasn't sure what this Kentucky bean was, so I used an 18oz bag of pictsweet brand whole green beans. I didn't even bother to defrost them. I just did the water to about 1/2" only to make up for the excess water of the frozen beans. For the bacon, I only had pre-cooked bacon which is really thin. So, I used 2 slices. It was perfect. I had finished the beans, and realized I missed the clove of garlic. They didn't need them. I will definitely be making these again, esp. with the calorie count. They were great with a seafood main dish. Thanks!


I was craving green beans and used this recipe. I added about a 1/2 tsp of onion powder to it. Very tasty! This recipe has been added to my recipe box.