Italian Green Beans

Amazing Italian Green Beans Recipe – These are THE BEST green beans you will ever eat. I got the recipe from a caterer that catered a work lunch. OMG! SO good! Green beans, bacon, onion, red, yellow, and green bell peppers simmered in Italian marinade. Garnish with cashews before serving. This is our go-to green bean recipe. Can freeze leftovers for later.

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If you like green beans, you are going to LOVE these Amazing Italian Green Beans! This is a Chicken Legs original recipe. He had these green beans at catered lunch a few years ago and asked the caterer for the recipe. She would only tell him the ingredients, so we hit the kitchen and experimented with it until we got it just right. These are the best green beans we’ve ever had – seriously!! 

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How to Make Italian Green Beans

These beans are very easy to make. Start with cooking some bacon, onion, and a trio of bell peppers in a Dutch oven. Once the bacon is crispy, add drained canned green beans, Italian marinade, and some water or chicken broth. Let the beans simmer. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with some chopped cashews before serving.

  • You can substitute 3 pounds of fresh green beans for the canned green beans if you prefer.
  • You can make the green beans in the slow cooker. Cook the bacon and add all the ingredients to the crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
  • This recipe makes a lot of green beans. It is great for a potluck or dinner party. You can make the beans ahead of time and reheat them before serving.
  • Can Italian Green Beans be frozen? Yes! Let the green beans cool completely and transfer to plastic containers or freezer bags and freeze. You can reheat in the microwave, slow cooker, or on the stovetop.
  • Please note, this recipe uses Italian Marinade NOT Italian dressing. I used Lawry’s Signature Italian marinade, but any brand will work. Just make sure you don’t use Italian dressing.
bowl of italian green beans and bacon

The BEST Homemade Green Beans

We served these green beans at Christmas with the skirt steak and sautéed mushrooms. You are going to want to steal this recipe! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these green beans:

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Amazing Italian Green Beans

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Amazing Italian Green Beans Recipe – green beans, bacon, onion, red, yellow and green bell peppers simmered in Italian marinade. Top with cashews. Got the recipe from a caterer. These are THE BEST green beans you will ever eat.

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans green beans, drained
  • 4 slices of bacon cut into pieces
  • 1 onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 red pepper coarsely chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper coarsely chopped
  • 1 green pepper coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup Italian Marinade not Italian dressing – I used Lawry’s Signature Italian marinade
  • ¾ cup water
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts chopped

Instructions:

  • In medium pot, cook bacon until crispy. Add onions and peppers. Cook until onion is translucent and peppers are soft.
  • Add green beans, marinade, water salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped cashews.

Notes:

  • You can substitute 3 pounds of fresh green beans for the canned green beans if you prefer.
  • You can make the green beans in the slow cooker. Cook the bacon and add all the ingredients to the crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
  • This recipe makes a lot of green beans. It is great for a potluck or dinner party. You can make the beans ahead of time and reheat them before serving.
  • Can Italian Green Beans be frozen? Yes! Let the green beans cool completely and transfer to plastic containers or freezer bags and freeze. You can reheat in the microwave, slow cooker, or on the stovetop.
bottle of italian marinade
  • Please note, this recipe uses Italian Marinade NOT Italian dressing. I used Lawry’s Signature Italian marinade, but any brand will work. Just make sure you don’t use Italian dressing.

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Comments

  1. They look delicious I love every veggie that’s in that dish yumo I can’t wait to try it 👍

  2. I am envious of your backsplash! I have to do ours this year.

    The beans look great. Nice way to juice up plain ol' green beans in a can.

  3. I can't tell if you are using Italian green beans or not, but if you are not, you definitely should. They are right there in the canned green been aisle and so much more tasty!!!

  4. Those look SO good!! I eat green beans about 5 times a week and could use a new recipe!! Gonna have to try this!

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