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Italian Green Beans

This easy Italian Green Beans side dish recipe is made with Italian cut green beans, bacon, garlic, green onions and tomatoes. So delicious!

A FLAVORFUL SIDE DISH RECIPE

Italian-cut green beans, bacon, garlic and diced tomatoes – a delicious combination of flavors! Using frozen green beans is not only a budget-friendly option for this side dish but a super fresh option. Green beans are picked and frozen at the peak of their freshness. The flavor is locked in until you unleash it during cooking! 

Italian green beans shown served in a white bowl with a gold spoon on the side.

TIPS FOR MAKING ITALIAN GREEN BEANS:

  • These green beans go delicious with lots of pasta dishes! Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken & Pasta, Easy Lasagna Rolls, and Crock Pot Ravioli are all great meals to serve with this!
  • You do not have to use an Italian cut green bean like I did here. Any green bean will work. Just try to use about the same amount.
  • Frozen or canned green beans work in this recipe. I haven’t tested it with free green beans but it should work. The cooking time would be longer and you may have to cover the skillet to help steam them.
  • The Italian Style diced tomatoes have Italian herbs in them for additional flavor (like basil and oregano).
overhead photo of Italian green beans shown served in a white bowl.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • bacon
  • green onions
  • garlic
  • Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning
  • frozen or canned green beans
  • salt and pepper
Italian cut green beans, bacon, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper.

HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN GREEN BEANS:

In a large, deep skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Do not remove bacon grease from skillet. 

bacon cooking in a large skillet.

Turn the heat down to medium-low and add sliced green onions to the bacon grease. Cook for about a minute then add minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

cooking sliced green onions in a skillet.

Next, stir in green beans and diced tomatoes. Season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

green beans and diced tomatoes added to the skillet.

Cover and cook over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes until green beans are heated through. 

fully mixed green beans and diced tomatoes in the skillet.

Finally, crumble bacon over cooked green beans. 

cooked and crumbled bacon on top of green beans in skillet.

Stir, then serve. 

cooked Italian green beans in a large cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon.

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Originally published: March 2018
Updated & republished: January 2023

Italian Green Beans recipe from The Country Cook.

Italian Green Beans

This easy Italian Green Beans side dish recipe is made with Italian cut green beans, bacon, garlic, green onions and tomatoes. So delicious!
5 from 37 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 green onions, sliced (white and green parts)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 14.5 ounce can Italian-style diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 (12 ounce) bags frozen green beans (I used Italian cut green beans)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a large, deep skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Do not remove bacon grease from skillet.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low and add sliced green onions to the bacon grease. Cook for about a minute then add minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Next, stir in green beans and diced tomatoes. Season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes until green beans are heated through.
  • Finally, crumble bacon over cooked green beans. Stir, then serve.

Notes

  • If you can’t find frozen green beans, you can use canned. It will still work fine. 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 203mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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71 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My family loves Italian green beans. When I was growing up our garden had them always. But we knew them as pole beans . I love this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious, I reduced the amount of bacon due to a sodium (salt) reduced diet. Added a can 15oz can of fire roasted tonatoes. When it was done cooking I served it over cooked rice. Great main dish.

  3. 5 stars
    This side dish would complement all of the Michaels frozen entrees which microwave well. I will make these green beans whether I win or not, but it would be great to win! Thank you Country Cook!

  4. My favorite Italian meal is Veal Scallopini. My grandmother & mom used to make this together when I was little.

  5. 5 stars
    I absolutely love to add some sliced grilled/sautéed chicken to their baked zitti, delicious accompaniment to your greenbean recipe! Keep up the wonderful work!

  6. My favorite Italian meal is either chicken parmigiana or eggplant parmigiana with a salad and garlic bread.

  7. My favorite Italian meal is probably either Shrimp Scampi or Chicken Florentine. Those green beans look very good.