Green Beans and Bacon

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
20 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 2 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly ground pepper

Toss the green beans into a large pot of boiling salted water and cook until bright green in color and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and shock in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain the beans again and pat dry.

Cook the bacon in a large, heavy saute pan until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Spoon off the excess bacon grease, leaving 2 tablespoons in the pan. Add the onion to the pan and saute until soft and very tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until just fragrant, about 1 more minute. Add the reserved green beans and the pecans and cook until heated through, 5 to 6 minutes more. Return the bacon to the pan, pour in the lemon juice and toss. Season with salt and pepper.

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    great way to lose every bit of nutritional value from those beans by boiling them....I fried the bacon adding the onions 3 mins in then the garlic at 5 mins in then with 3 mins left throw in the beans. a light 3 min fry is ideal for green beans. plus you get way more bacon flavor in them......
    Yummy combination of flavor and texture. I made this as a side to beef short ribs and egg noodles.
    Just made this for a New Year's Eve dinner. It was a hit! Thanks!!!!
    I made this dish for Thanksgiving, and I didn't make enough since they went fast. This dish is tasty and I have to say the best recipe for greens I've ever came across. I will be making them again for Christmas dinner. Thank you.
    This is the only way I will eat green beans ever again!!!
    Absolutely delicious. I used this as a side to my parm crusted chicken, it was perfect. I loved how the lemon cut through the bacon grease and lightened the dish. Definitely one for the recipe books! Super easy and I didn't find it too time consuming since my chicken was in the oven while I prepared it. Thanks for the awesome recipe!
    Fantastic, little spicy for my husband (white) but not for me (hispanic)! I served it to new in laws and they raved about it throughout dinner.
    I'm going to make them tonight! I have a love for food from the south. My Grandmas from Ohio I think that's why. All in all I love to cook. My Grandma makes this but I will try it this way. Sounds like a four star.Thank you.
    Please don't rate the recipe before you've tried it!
    Wow! Great..... we need more people like you who can monitor these posts when people use them incorrectly! Thank you for saying that! It can be so annoying to have illegitimate comments wasting our time!
    These green beans are MAGNIFICENT! I first had them at a Christmas party and fell in love!! Its an easy recipe that will blow your mind. Great flavor. And lets face it anything with bacon in it has to be delicious! ;-
    Awesome green beans! I could eat a huge bowl of these. Of course adding all of the bacon and grease negates some the healthiness of the green beans, but they are so delicious who cares! Admittedly they take a bit of work for just a side dish, but totally worth it.
    I just prepared this dish this past weekend for my father's b-day dinner. He REALLY loved the green beans.... the flavor was heavenly.. the lemon juice paired with the bacon and pecans and natural flavor of the green beans and onions was great.. THANKS Mr and Mrs Neely.
    This was an easy recipe, and I was surprised at how much dimension the toasted pecans added to this dish. Unless someone hates nuts added to their food--like my husband does, don't skip this step!
    The best green bean receipe ever, it is a little time consuming but so worth it. Made a double batch and had a some leftover so I froze them using my foodsaver. Tasted great even after they were frozen! 
    Delicious - too spicy for me, but I'm more of a wuss. Will cut down the red pepper next time
    This rocked. Now omitted red pepper flakes and garlic for kids. But so yummy and easy to do. Oh and the Neely's would be happy to know my husband added more bacon. Its a keeper.
    I wanted to make a special dinner for my husband and I, OMG these green beans are the best I ever had!!!!! Thank You guys
    I decided to try this dish for Thanksgiving. It was delicious and my family liked it. I would make it again for sure.
    WOW! So good! I modified a few things. I used shallots instead of onions and I added pomgranates as well. So good! MMMM! For sure yes I will make it again!
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