Green beans with bacon, a touch of red pepper flakes, and topped with goat cheese – sound delicious?

Bacon Green Beans with Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound slab bacon, diced
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 2 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • coarse salt
  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese



  1. In a large deep stockpot or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring, until golden. Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but 4 tablespoons of bacon drippings. Add the onion to the skillet and cook, stirring, until softened.
  2. Add the beans, red pepper flakes and salt and saute over medium-high heat, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the boiling water and cover the skillet immediately (being careful not to splatter the grease). Steam the beans, shaking the stockpot occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until just tender.
  4. Add the butter, vinegar and pepper and toss until combined. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beans to a serving dish and sprinkle with the bacon crumbles and goat cheese to serve.