Unbundled Green Beans

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This recipe turns the classic Green Bean Bundles on their head and makes an easy dish with all the flavor and half the work. These Unbundled Green Beans are going to be a new family favorite!

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My general philosophy with food is that it should be simple, affordable, and easy to prepare.  Sure, there’s something cathartic bout spending an afternoon making gumbo or lasagna or something of the like, but everyday food shouldn’t be a hassle.

In the same vein, I feel like we often complicate food and the cooking process.  Recipes call for exotic (and expensive) ingredients and use elaborate cooking techniques.  We make it harder on ourselves when, most of the time, we just want something easy.  Y’all know me.  I REALLY like easy.

This recipe turns the classic Green Bean Bundles on their head and makes an easy dish with all the flavor and half the work. These Unbundled Green Beans are going to be a new family favorite! Jack tried out for all-star soccer and made the team.  It’s something he’s been wanting to do for years and we’re super proud of him.  But for us, that means another month of practices, not to mention they’re more frequent and longer.  It’s making it harder and harder to get a home cooked meal on the table on those nights.

So it’s time for me to make my generally easy recipes even easier.

These Unbundled Green Beans are the perfect example.

This recipe turns the classic Green Bean Bundles on their head and makes an easy dish with all the flavor and half the work. These Unbundled Green Beans are going to be a new family favorite! My Mom’s Green Bean Bundles are one of my favorite sides.  But admittedly, they’re pretty labor intensive on my scale.  Cutting bacon in little strips; tediously wrapping the green beans in little bundles.  I just don’t have time for it most days.  (It also explains why Mom only made these on special occasions!)  But I just love the flavors, so I had to figure out how to make this process easier.  So I did.

I just left out that whole bundling thing and combined all the ingredients in one dish.  Easy peasy.

To make it even easier, I bought some of the precooked, crumbled bacon in the little pouch from the grocery store.  It saves a bunch of time and keeps the kitchen a little cleaner.

Y’all are gonna love these!

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Unbundled Green Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Servings: 4 to 5
Author: Stacey Little | Southern Bite
Ingredients
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans whole green beans, drained (cut green beans work, too)
  • 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1 1 to 1.25-ounce packet onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Pour the green beans and crumbled bacon in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the onion soup mix and water. Pour it over the beans and bacon and lightly toss to coat.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the beans are heated through.

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This recipe turns the classic Green Bean Bundles on their head and makes an easy dish with all the flavor and half the work. These Unbundled Green Beans are going to be a new family favorite!

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Comments

  1. These look really good! I’ve got some green beans in the freezer (either from my garden or CSA farm box). Would I need to cook/steam them before I use them in this? Thanks!

  2. Lane Edwards says:

    Pole Beans!!!

  3. Patti Moss says:

    My husband does love good green beans. I, on the other hand only learned to like green beans when I started cooking them for him, so I look for good, country eatin’ recipes! I think this is one that we’ll both enjoy a lot. Thanks, Stacey!!

  4. Oh yea! Made mine tonight with pole beans because that’s what I had. Yummy in our tummy! Can’t wait to bring these to our next church potluck! Thank you Stacey!

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