Homestyle Skillet Green Beans (aka Best Fresh Green Beans EVER!)
Serves: 12
Net Carbs: 4 grams
  • 4-6 slices bacon, cut into small pieces OR 2 TBSP bacon grease (if you do not want bacon in your beans---you still NEED bacon grease) OR 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ½-3/4 cup diced onion or the equivalent dried minced onion (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tsp minced garlic (optional)
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans with ends trimmed (snapping in half is optional)
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth (depending on how "done" you like your beans--see instructions)
  • 3 TBSP red wine or cooking wine
  • 1 tsp favorite seasoning mix (try my All Purpose Seasoning Mix)
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • A couple to a few drops of Pyure liquid sweetener (or a drop of unflavored liquid stevia....or your favorite sweetener)--optional
  1. Clean beans and allow to dry thoroughly.
  2. Cook bacon in huge skillet or high-sided pan until done but not overly crisp. If not using bacon, add the bacon grease to the pan and heat until melted and hot.
  3. If using fresh onion, add it and the minced garlic to the skillet when bacon is half cooked and continue to stir onions and bacon until onions are translucent and bacon is done. (Minced onion will be added with broth if using it.)
  4. Add green beans to the pan and continue to cook on medium high heat, stirring frequently to coat the beans with the bacon grease. Cook beans until they are bright green and start to "blister"--or until skillet gets a little too dry to continue, approximately 4 to 7 minutes. (You want to cook for as long as you can in the bacon grease.)
  5. Meanwhile combine the chicken broth, minced onion (if using it), red wine, seasonings, bay leaves, and sweetener (if desired). Pour this broth mixture (2 cups if you like crispy beans; 3 cups if you like "wilted" beans) into the pan, stir to combine well.
  6. Simmer on low with a lid half on/half off for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring frequently. (Cook time will be based on how "done" you like your green beans.) I cook mine until most of the liquid is absorbed. If you have a lot of liquid at the end, you may desire to drain them.
  7. Adjust seasoning/sweetener as needed. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 63 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 4 Sugar: 2 Protein: 4
Recipe by Donna Reish at