Grandma’s Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

This is a recipe I adapted from my grandma’s “special” green beans.  She used more bacon (3 to 4 pieces), and used sugar instead of Splenda.

1 or 2 slices of bacon, diced fine or diced deli ham (if you use really lean ham, you may need to add a bit of cooking spray or a smidgen of oil to the pan, especially if you’re not using a non-stick pan)

1 small onion, diced

1 can (6 oz) tomato sauce and 2 cans of water or 2 cans of tomato sauce and 1 can of water

tsp of vinegar

2 tsp of Splenda (or sweetener of your choice)

optional seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, italian seasoning… any you’d like or none at all.) 

1 can green beans (I like french cut – you can use frozen or fresh, but they will need to simmer longer)


Saute onion with bacon until onion is translucent and bacon is cooked through, but not crisp.  Add tomato sauce or paste and water, vinegar and any other seasonings.  Add drained beans to sauce, and simmer until sauce and beans are hot and sauce is bubbly (you can continue to simmer to thicken if you’d like a thicker sauce.)


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