Green Beans with Pancetta and Red Onions

by Krista on November 15, 2013 · 11 comments

Green Beans with Pancetta and Red Onions

Green Beans  served with caramelized red onions and crunchy browned pancetta, a unique taste on a classic Green Bean Casserole.

I have come into the ever dreaded “no” phase with our son. I’ve heard about it, seen it with other kids, but thought. “Cason is so sweet, he won’t get into that phase.”

BAHAHAAHA! Apparently I live in a dream world. My life now goes.

“Cason, let’s go get your PJ’s on.”

“NOOO”

“Ok, buddy, its time to take a bath.”

“NOOO”

“Alright, time to go change your diaper.”

“NOOO”

Ahhh… such is life. :) Its a good thing I can just go into the kitchen and all the things that stress me out melt away. Especially after making this Green Bean Recipe! Holy Smokes, this is not only good but a great healthy side dish option for the holidays. At least compared to the ever popular Green Bean Casserole that has mushroom soup and crunchy fried onions on top. I think there is one months serving of sodium in one bite of that dish. Yikes!

This Green Bean recipe is much lighter, it uses fresh green beans, pancetta for salt {and who doesn’t like a little meat}, and then complemented with sweet caramelized red onions. That’s right, only 3 ingredients in this dish. All the flavors go perfectly together, this will definitely be on our thanksgiving menu! How about you?

To get started,  fill a large saute pan with 1″ of water and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling add 1 1/2 lbs of green beans, with ends trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces, to pot. Put the cover on and steam green beans for 2 minutes. Remove from saute pan and immediately put green beans in an ice bath {bowl of water with ice cubes} to stop the cooking process.

Green Beans with pancetta & red onion 4Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pan and then 1 cup of small dices red onion. Stir and saute for 10 minutes until onions are slightly caramelized.

Green Beans with pancetta & red onion 5Next add 4 oz. of small cubed pancetta.  Saute for 10 minutes until pancetta is browned.

Green Beans with pancetta & red onion 3Add a pinch of salt {not too much because the pancetta has salt already} and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add green beans and toss to coat everything. Serve.

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Green Beans with Pancetta and Red Onions
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs of green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 cup of red onion, small dices
  • 4 oz. of pancetta, small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
Instructions
  1. To get started, fill a large saute pan with 1" of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add green beans with ends trimmed and cut into 1" pieces to boiling water. Put the cover on and steam green beans for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove green beans from saute pan and immediately put green beans in an ice bath {bowl of water with ice cubes} to stop the cooking process.
  3. Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat. Add olive oil to pan and then small diced red onion. Stir and saute for 10 minutes until onions are slightly caramelized.
  4. Next add small cubed pancetta. Saute for 10 minutes until pancetta is browned.
  5. Add a pinch of salt {not too much because the pancetta has salt already} and ½ teaspoon of pepper.
  6. Add cooked green beans and toss to coat everything. Serve.

 

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Melanie @ Carmel Moments November 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Love the twist on the green bean casserole. Looks delicious. My oldest is named Carson. Great name!
Gotta love the ‘no’ phase. Well, actually it’s not a phase. It pretty much lasts forever. :)

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Krista November 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

So funny, it is great name. I loved that it meant warrior, so we have been praying that over him since was born. :)

Way to burst my bubble on the no phase, thought it would just be like a year and then we’d be in the clear. hehe… guess not.

Thanks for stopping by and for the foodie props Melanie, always love seeing your comments!

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Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3 November 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

These green beans look fabulous! I thing fresh green beans taste far better than the canned ones in green bean casserole, and you’re completely right about how unhealthy green bean casserole is. Not to mention it has MSG in it, which my mom is allergic to. Pinning this for Thanksgiving!

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Krista November 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Yes! Love the crunch of the fresh green beans. I’m a texture person when it comes to eating. :) These are definitely the way to go then if your moms allergic to MSG, plus who wants to eat food with MSG in it. Thanks for the Pin Jamie, hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

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Gloria @ Simply Gloria November 15, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Loving your pictures, girlfriend! Gotta love the NOOO stage…Not!
I’m trying to think of a new green bean dish for Thanksgiving …and I’m thinking this one is IT! Very simple to put together ahead of time…and delicious! (Love the red onion action!)

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Krista November 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Thanks chica!

Not sure if I like that stage just yet, gotta figure out how to handle it first. Love it when you have one stage figured out and then a new one comes along! GRRR…

Hope you and the family enjoy these green beans, the caramelized red onions were definitely my favorite part. But I love onions. :) hehe.. Have a great rest of the weekend chica!

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Zainab November 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM

I love your side dishes and this rendition on green beans is amazing. My husband’s family do not like green bean casserole so I think this will be a better choice!!

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Krista November 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Thanks so much for the sweet comments Zainab! :) Yeah for finding new side dishes this year, they totally are the secret star of the show anyways. :) Hope you get a chance to try it my friend! And that you are having fun in San Diego!

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Heather @ French Press November 19, 2013 at 9:24 PM

this is WAY better than the traditional casserole!

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Krista November 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

oh… you have no idea. No mushy green beans or salty flavor. Just pure deliciousness! :)

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