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Recipe for cooked green beans

Green Beans Bolognese

Green Beans Bolognese.  A long simmer in smoked bacon and chicken broth finishes these green beans with a caramelized goodness.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 116kcal


  • 2-3 Tablesooons olive oil
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 pound green beans halved crosswise
  • 2 ounces mortadella I used cubed applewood smoked ham, I've also used good quality thick cut smoked bacon, thin fingers
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add the onion and saute over medium high heat 4 minutes, or until wilted. Then add the beans and cook over high heat for 8 minutes, or until the onions are a deep golden brown, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the mortadella, stock, and cloves, and bring to a gentle bubble over medium low heat. Cover and cook 15 minutes, or until the beans are tender. Watch for sticking and if the beans threaten to scorch, stir in 1/4 cup water.
  • Concentrate the flavors by uncovering the pot and boiling off all the liquid, turning and stirring to protect from sticking. Once reduced to a thick sauce, turn into a warmed bowl.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.5mg