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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the broth ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

78 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 8.3g 3% DV; fat 4.5g 7% DV; cholesterol 4.8mg 2% DV; sodium 285.2mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2012
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/16/2019
Gross! What a waste of bacon. Letting it boil in water with the beans? Same with the garlic. This recipe was absolutely TASTELESS and a waste of a bunch of my home grown organic pole beans. Stop posting nasty recipes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2012
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. Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2012
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2012
Fantastic. I used extra bacon and added a bit of chicken bouillon to the water but followed the recipe otherwise. The beans were a big hit. I will definitely make these again. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2013
I came across Kentucky Wonder beans in the supermarket yesterday and decided to give them a try. Their appearance before cooking could lead one to suspect that they might be tough and stringy but they were surprising tender "meaty" and flavorful when prepared following this recipe. I didn't have any bacon on hand so used some chopped smoked ham. This has been added to my list of vegetable basics! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/16/2019
Gross! What a waste of bacon. Letting it boil in water with the beans? Same with the garlic. This recipe was absolutely TASTELESS and a waste of a bunch of my home grown organic pole beans. Stop posting nasty recipes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2018
I loved them - I made it with fresh green beans from the store and they were very tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2014
I have made this several times already. Easy tasty and southern! Read More