Garlic Bacon Sautéed Green Beans with Roasted Mushrooms

Garlic Bacon Sautéed Green Beans with Roasted Mushrooms make a great Thanksgiving side dish. This dish is loaded with flavor, and a lot more fresh tasting than the traditional green bean casserole.

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Creating This Sauteed Green Beans Recipe

When I was planning out my Thanksgiving recipe schedule, I remember that I had photos of these sauteed green beans with garlic and bacon from a few years ago that I never posted. It was from the same batch of recipes that I photographed on Thanksgiving day back in 2015. (I’m crazy!).

Luckily, I had the recipe saved in a draft, just never got around to publishing it even though I’ve made this a few times since then. The kids absolutely love green beans when they’re sautéed with olive oil, butter and garlic, or when they’re roasted with the same ingredients. We almost never steam green beans anymore.

They don’t love the roasted mushrooms in this dish. My dad and brother also hate them with a passion. Oh well, more for me!

But the roasted balsamic mushrooms in this sauteed green beans recipe are easy to leave out or pick around if you have mushroom haters in your family like we do.

I personally love this recipe! I think it’s a nice alternative on Thanksgiving to the traditional green bean casserole. With all the other rich foods that we’re serving and eating, it is nice to have something that tastes a little fresher.

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Sauteed Green Beans Ingredients

These Thanksgiving green beans require a handful of pantry staples to make. Here’s what you’ll need to make sauteed green beans with bacon:

How to Saute Green Beans

Here are the basic steps to making the sauteed green beans and mushrooms:

  • Toss the mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, then roast.
  • Prepare the sautéed garlic green beans — blanch them first, then plunge in an ice bath, then saute them.
  • Then combine the two and add bacon.
  • Serve!

Can I Use Another Type of Mushroom?

Crimini Mushrooms are something that I can easily find at most grocery stores. However, if you can’t find them, you can substitute small Baby Portabella Mushrooms or White Button Mushrooms. If any of the mushrooms are larger than bite-sized, I recommend cutting them in halves or quarters.

Can I Use Frozen Green Beans?

You can if you want to, but I highly recommend sticking with fresh green beans for this recipe. If you do use frozen green beans, skip the blanching step and make sure to thaw them completely before sautéing so that you eliminate any excess moisture. I would not recommend using canned green beans in this recipe.

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Tips for Making Sautéed Green Beans

Because you’ll be sauteing the green beans immediately after blanching them, you don’t want to cook them too much in the boiling water. The goal here is to cook the beans only slightly so that they reach that perfect crisp-tender texture quicker once in the skillet.

You’re welcome to use regular bacon or turkey bacon in this recipe, or omit it entirely if you don’t eat meat.

And to make this recipe vegan simply omit the bacon and butter and use a little more olive oil instead. Your sauteed green beans won’t taste the same as mine, but they’ll still be delicious with the garlic and balsamic mushrooms.

Do You Have to Blanch Green Beans Before Sautéing?

I recommend blanching the green beans for this recipe before the sautéing step. Otherwise, your green beans will not be tender enough with the sauté time listed. If you were to increase the amount of time you sauté the green beans for, they will not be the right tender crisp texture. The green beans will also loose some of that bright green color.

Why Do You Blanch Green Beans Before Sautéing?

Blanching helps you achieve the perfect tender yet still crisp green bean texture. Blanching also helps the green beans maintain a brighter green color which is attractive when serving this sautéed green bean recipe

By quickly boiling the green beans, then plunging them into ice cold water, the enzyme actions that cause loss of flavor, color, and texture are stopped. Blanching also slows the loss of vitamins.

More Thanksgiving Recipes:

If you’re looking for additional inspiration for your Thanksgiving Menu this year along with these Garlic Bacon Sautéed Green Beans with Roasted Mushrooms, here are a few other favorite recipes.

Be sure to check out the whole Thanksgiving Recipes Archive right here if you need help building the rest of your menu.

This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink.

Brining a turkey in this Rosemary Beer Brine will tenderize the meat and infuse it with a TON of flavor for Turkey Day! Cook it on a smoker for even more incredible flavor!

If you prefer a roasted turkey, don’t pass up this recipe for Apple Cider Sage Turkey Brine for Roasted Turkey. The brine keeps the meat so moist, and gives it classic Thanksgiving flavors.

Learn How to Make Turkey Gravy with No Lumps for your Thanksgiving table.

If you like cranberry sauce better than gravy, try my recipe for  Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish or Red Wine Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce.

Classic buttery russet potato mashed potatoes are elevated thanks to the addition of plenty of browned butter and fresh grated parmesan in this Browned Butter Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.

For stuffing, try this Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing (which is great for the health-conscious or gluten-free crowd!) or a more traditional bread based stuffing with Leek + Bacon Stuffing.

In this recipe for Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate, sliced Sweet Potatoes are baked in a spiced orange maple glaze and sprinkled with juicy, bright pomegranate arils.

Your traditional Apple Crisp is elevated with the addition of oatmeal and pecan in the topping in this recipe for Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Pecan Crumble Topping.

If you’re looking for the perfect kid-friendly Thanksgiving treat, check out this Easy Pumpkin Pudding; it combines a few pantry ingredients for a perfect autumn treat and is simple enough for younger helpers to assist in preparing.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache is a decadent and unconventional way to get your pumpkin in for Thanksgiving.

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Garlic Bacon Sautéed Green Beans with Roasted Mushrooms

Garlic Bacon Sautéed Green Beans with Roasted Mushrooms

Yield: serves 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Garlic Bacon Sautéed Green Beans with Roasted Mushrooms make a great Thanksgiving side dish, loaded with flavor, and a lot more fresh tasting than the traditional green bean casserole.


For the Roasted Mushrooms

  • 3/4 pound Small Whole Crimini Mushrooms (halve them if they're large)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

For the Garlic Bacon Green Beans


For the Roasted Mushrooms

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle the mushrooms with olive oil and stir in the garlic, tossing to coat the mushrooms well.
  3. Salt and Pepper, to taste.
  4. Add the mushrooms to a roasting pan, making sure to spread them so they are not overlapping and have plenty of space between them.
  5. Roast the mushrooms at 425 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.
  6. While the mushrooms are roasting, prepare the garlic bacon green beans.
  7. After roasting, remove from the oven and stir in the balsamic vinegar.

For the Garlic Bacon Green Beans

  1. Prepare a large bowl with ice water. Set aside.
  2. In a 3 quart saucepan, bring water to a rolling boil. Add the green beans and boil for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.
  3. Remove and drain the beans and plunge into the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve the bright green color.
  4. Remove the beans when cold and pat dry. Discard the water
  5. In a 3 quart stainless steel saute pan, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. When melted and hot, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  6. Add the green beans and saute with the garlic and butter for about 2 - 3 minutes.

To Serve

  1. Add the roasted mushrooms to the saute pan with the green beans, making sure to get any juices that have accumulated in the mushroom roasting pan.
  2. Add the mushrooms and the bacon to the green bean mixture.
  3. Stir until combined and continue to saute until bacon is heated through and desired tenderness is reach for the green beans.
  4. Add to a serving dish, drizzling with any sauces that have accumulated in the pan.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 98 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 11mg Sodium 160mg Carbohydrates 6g Fiber 2g Sugar 3g Protein 3g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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