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Grandma's Heart-Stoppin' Green Bean Soup

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"This is a tasty dish from back in the days when flavor was all that mattered. This soup consists of green beans and bacon in a thick bacon gravy. Two pounds of fresh green beans may be used instead of canned."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until almost crisp. Remove bacon pieces, and set aside. Whisk flour into the bacon grease in the pan until it is thick and pasty. More or less flour may be required.
  2. Empty the cans of beans into a large saucepan with their liquid, and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and stir in the bacon and the bacon grease mixture. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about an hour - the longer, the better. Season with vinegar to taste.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 23, 2006

This reminds me of a dish that my mother used to make only she used fresh green beans from the garden and also added cooked cubed potatoes. When I make it now I play around with the consistency, sometimes making it thicker or thinner. My sisters and I try to make it as good as mom did but fall short, but still yummy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 31, 2006

This is not soup!!!! The broth in most soups is not pure bacon fat! If you drain the broth (pure grease)you have green beans and bacon, period!!!!!!


7 Ratings

Apr 08, 2004

I don't even LIKE green beans but I found this soup to be outstanding. Everytime I've prepared it, I get complimented. Easy to prepare and very tasty.

Sep 24, 2005

Yes Jason, my German/Austrian grandparents were all about flavor too; that's why they all died from "bad diet" related illnesses. However, they ate like this ALL THE TIME and I'm all about the occasional indulgence and this soup is one that everyone should enjoy at least once in awhile. I used chicken broth in lieu of the water. This is one EXCELLENT soup and I thank you for submitting it!

Jul 02, 2008

when i was a youngster. and i visited her, my grandmother used to make this long time ago. she used water, and fresh green beans i don't know if she used bacon or potatoes, but i could give it some modification

Mar 06, 2008

This was a quick and easy side dish. People shouldn't be mean. Hey if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all.

Jan 01, 2008

Very Good, but it is called heart-stopin because of the greese. Great on the taste buds but not heart healthy. Now after saying that I will still make it again.


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  • Calories
  • 172 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 10.4 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 10.8 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 970 mg
  • 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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