Green Beans with Bacon and Tomatoes are easy to make for a weeknight meal yet fancy enough for a holiday party. With tender-crisp green beans, smoky bacon, and juicy grape tomatoes, they're a guaranteed dinner favorite!
Course Side Dish
Keyword green beans and bacon, green beans with bacon
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
1poundfresh green beans
1onion, peeled and chopped
1/4teaspoonred pepper flakes, optional
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the green beans by snapping off the ends. If they're stringing, break off the stem end and pull down the strings it towards the pointed end.
In a pot over medium heat, bring about 4 quarts of water to a vigorous boil. Drop the green beans into the boiling water and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until halfway done.
Using a colander, drain the green beans and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water. Leave in the ice bath for about 2 to 3 minutes or just until cold. Drain well.
In a wide, flat-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, add bacon. When the bacon begins to render fat, add onions. Cook, stirring regularly until softened.
Discard excess bacon grease except for about 2 tablespoons. Add grape tomatoes, spreading on the surface of the pan. Cook, stirring regularly, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until tomatoes begin to blister and soften.
Add green beans and cook, stirring regularly, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until tender-crisp and completely heated through.
Add red pepper flakes, if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.