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Canned Greens Beans are Convenient to Prepare But They do not have to taste like a can!

Are you a canned green bean fan?  Canned Green Beans do not have to taste as they came out of a can.  I add lots of flavor to these Green Beans to make them taste fabulous.

Ingredients You Will Need To Make These Canned Green Beans?

  • Bacon always makes everything taste much better.
  • Minced garlic
  • Can Green Beans or 2 pounds of fresh green beans (blanch fresh green beans for 5 minutes in salted water)
  • black pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese – NOT finely grated like powder (shredded is much better)
  • chicken broth

If you enjoy fresh green beans, see my SOUTHERN GREEN BEANS

To me, nothing is better than fresh green beans.  I grew up close to many farmers.  We had fresh vegetables often.  I remember sitting on the porch like Andy and Aunt Bee snapping beans.  Cooking fresh green beans is not always an option.


 Canned Green Beans do not have to taste as they came out of a can.  I add lots of flavor to these Canned Green Beans including garlic, Italian seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.

Can You Use Frozen Green Beans?

Absolutely! The second-best option behind fresh Green Beans is using frozen green beans. They contain more nutrients and less sodium than canned green beans.

Using Canned Green Beans

When using canned green beans, the first thing I do is WASH them.  Washing any can of vegetables is better for you.  Canned foods include a lot of sodium.  Lowering my sodium is especially crucial for me since I have issues with my blood pressure.  I have a very long history of blood pressure problems in my family.  My father passed away when he was only 58.  His high blood pressure caused kidney failure.  His mother, my grandmother, died at age 39 from a stroke due to her blood pressure.  I make sure to wash my canned vegetables thoroughly before using them to remove a lot of the excess sodium.

Canned Green Beans do not have to taste as they came out of a can.  I add lots of flavor to these Canned Green Beans including garlic, Italian seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.

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The following items were used to make this recipe.


  • To save time, I used minced garlic from a jar.  Fresh garlic is so much better with a much stronger garlic taste.  You may want to decrease the garlic if using fresh garlic.
  •  Use shredded Parmesan Cheese not finely grated.
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Best Can Green Beans

Are you a canned green bean fan?  Canned Green Beans do not have to taste as they came out of a can.  I add lots of flavor to these Canned Green Beans including garlic, Italian seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.  I am going to show you how to make the best canned green beans.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish, vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best green beans, can green beans, Easter, Easter Recipe, green beans, Southern green beans
Servings: 8
Calories: 17kcal


  • skillet


  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 2 – 15 ounce Green Beans blanch fresh green beans for 5 minutes in salted water
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese – NOT finely grated like powder shredded is much better
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth


  • Cook the bacon until crispy.
  • Remove the bacon from the skillet and crumble it.
  • Add it back to the skillet.
  • Leave the bacon grease in the skillet.
  • Add the garlic and cook until it starts to smell nutty. Do not burn.
  • Next, DRAINED cans of green beans.
  • Add the pepper and Italian seasoning
  • Last, add the chicken broth and simmer 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the green beans and cook just until melted.


Frozen green beans will work in this recipe.  If using frozen green beans, do not add the chicken broth.
If using frozen green beans or low sodium green beans, you will need to add some salt.
  • To save time, I used minced garlic from a jar.  Fresh garlic is so much better with a much stronger garlic taste.  You may want to decrease the garlic if using fresh garlic.
  •  Use shredded Parmesan Cheese not finely grated.


Calories: 17kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 5mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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24 thoughts on “BEST CANNED GREEN BEANS”

  1. 5 stars
    My wife, an excellent cook, has never succeeded in making me like green beans, especially from a can.
    I read the reader’s comments on this recipe and asked myself, “How can anybody give a five-star rating to green beans from a can?”
    I’m no cook, but had to try this recipe.
    I made a couple of minor mistakes in preparing this first batch. I burned part of the bacon, and I put a bit more seasoning in it than you called for. in spite of that, they were delicious, and very easy to prepare. I’m 76 years old, and suddenly I like green beans…go figure!
    Being careful not to repeat these mistakes, our next batch will definitely warrant this five-star rating. Thank You!

    • Ron,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave me a message about my can green beans. You made my day! I would love for you to sign up for my newsletter if you do not already receive it.

      Many blessings,
      Diane Roark

  2. 5 stars
    5 star recipe, my husband (quite picky at times) who doesn’t like canned green beans absolutely loved this recipe! It was gone in minutes from his plate. We’ve been trying to add more vegetables and fruits to our diets and on a limited budget we’ve turned to canned vegetables and I love that it has directions for if we ever get a bunch of fresh. I’m very excited to try it with fresh. I halved the recipe since it was just me and my husband and we are trying to watch our portions as well. Best green bean recipe since green bean casserole 🙂 thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Dianne, it’s a great idea to rinse the excess sodium off the green beans for people with higher blood pressure. Quick fun fact- a little bit of fat added to vegetables can actually help your body absorb the fat soluble vitamins. So, you’re adding a few more calories to the food, but getting way more nutrition.

  4. Dianne,
    It’s funny you would mention to wash the canned green beans to get the sodium off of them. We use a low sodium salt but I usually just dump the green beans directly into the pan and warm them up. That extra rinse step might take a minute or two, but it sure would lower the sodium content of the beans. Thanks!

    • Jack,

      Thank you for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread and leaving me a comment on my Canned Green Beans. At one point in my life my blood pressure was difficult to control. I found all sorts of hidden salt in food. I do not always take the time to eat right but I definitely try to most of the time.

      Have a great afternoon!
      Diane Roark

  5. I cannot find or get to your canned green bean recipe. Checked on several pictures, but came to your dialog concerning high blood pressure, but never the recipe. Would seriously like to have it………………………

    • Annette,

      Here is a direct link to my Canned Green Bean Recipe.

      That post was really long so I split it into a couple of pages. When you scroll down to the bottom of the page about blood pressure, you will see a button that says NEXT. It will take you to the next page.

      Anytime you cannot find something or you have any problems with my site, please let me know. I would love to help you. Sincerely, Thank you for checking out my blog and leaving me a comment.

      I am always thankful for my readers.

      Many many blessings,
      Diane Roark

  6. I don’t know what the problem is but I have signed up for just about everything shown to me but still cannot access your recipes. Way too much to go through.

    • Sandy,

      Please accept my apology. I recently found out that I set the Free Printables up wrong and they were not able to be viewed. I am truly sorry. I am sending you all the links for the Printables. Please let me know if you have any more problems.
      Thank you for following my blog, Recipes for our Daily Bread. I hope you have a great weekend.
      Many Blessings,
      Diane Roark

  7. I do something similar but on your recipe you have added a few extra ingredients and it sounds great. Is there a nutrition value for this recipe. I especially wanted the carb. count. I will definitely make this but depending on the carb count will define how often it will be made.

    • Matt,

      I have never made these Green Beans ahead of time. I was thinking about trying to make them in my slow cooker. These can green beans are not only easy to make but very delicious. I hope you enjoy them.

      Diane Roark

  8. Hello
    The list of ingredients in your recipe sound yum, thank you for sharing. What did I miss about the simmer/cooking time?
    Thank you

    • Brittany,

      I cannot think of anything to substitute chicken broth. The closest thing would be water, but it has no flavor. I hope you get a chance to try these super easy and yummy green beans.

      Blessings and truly thank you for stopping by,
      Diane Roark

  9. Love your blog…enjoyed cruising thru it! Lots of good recipes that I have pinned. One question, how long do you cook the green beans after adding all ingredients? Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more recipes, etc.

  10. Hope you get this comment on this older post-saw it on Pinterest! Is the minced garlic fresh or do you get a good result with the jarred garlic? Thanks!


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