Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon, Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions

In the midst of all the baking and cookie posts I thought I’d switch it up today.

So today we do green beans.

A simple and delicious side dish.
And………..drumroll………… involves bacon.
Need I say more?

One of my favorite food blogs,, posted a recipe for green beans almondine just before Thanksgiving. She takes the most beautiful photo’s. Which makes yoou will want to eat everything she makes. I love all the ingredients in this recipe so added to my “to try” list. Not being able to leave a recipe alone, of course I made a few changes. Which, by the way, I think is what cooking is all about. Experimenting and making recipes your own. I wanted the mushrooms and onions to have a little more presence so I upped the quantity of the mushrooms and I caramelized the onions. My husband doesn’t really like nuts in his food but he’ll eat pine nuts so that was an obvious swap for me. Other than that I added a bit more salt and voila- a perfect side dish.

I have a bunch more cookie recipes to post for your holiday baking so check back all week!


Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon, Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions


The classic Green Beans Almondine gets a facelift with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and toasted pine nuts. The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or a simple roast chicken.


  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 12 oz sliced shitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • parmesan cheese to garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add green beans and cook just until crisp tender- about 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saute pan, cook bacon until crispy. Remove from pan, crumble and set aside; drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease from pan. Add the onions and over medium-low heat, cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn heat up to medium and add mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are soft and start to brown about 5 minutes. Add the reserved green beans, crumbled bacon and pine nuts. Cook just until heated through.
  4. Add oregano, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Transfer beans to platter and garnish with parmesan cheese.