Fresh Southern Green Beans slow cooked on the stovetop full of flavor from smoked sausage are the perfect side dish that goes with any dinner.
Southern Green Beans are a classic side that have been served with dinner for years. Southern cooking is probably my all-time favorite to make. Recipes passed down from my grandma to my mom to me are comforting and always easy to make. Southern recipes will keep you full and they always taste amazing.
These Southern Green Beans are full of flavor with sauteed fresh garlic and smoked sausage. Slow coked on the stove top to allow the seasoning and broth to tenderize the green beans are the best way to good them.
How to make Southern Green Beans:
In a large pot, you want to sauté your fresh garlic. Then you will add all your remaining ingredients to the same large pot. Cook for about an hour, allowing the green beans to become tender, but make sure they are not mushy. Use a slotted spoon to serve them so you do not get much of the remaining broth on the plate when you serve.
- A Pound of Fresh Green Beans - washed and trimmed.
- Unsalted Butter
- Onion - diced.
- Garlic Clove - minced.
- Smoked Sausage - sliced and diced.
- Chicken Broth
- Red Pepper Flakes
Step One - In a pot melt butter and add in diced onion. Sauté over medium heat until tender and translucent. Add in minced garlic and smoked sausage. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. Lower heat as needed to not burn garlic.
Step Two - Add chicken broth to your pot and bring to a boil. Once your broth is at a boil add in red pepper flakes and green beans.
Step Three - Reduce heat and cover. Allow to simmer for 60-90 minutes.
- Tip: After an hour check your green beans every 5-7 minutes to make sure they are tender, but not mushy.
Step Four - Season with salt and pepper to taste then serve.
Tips for the perfect green beans:
- Cook Time - yes, cooking these for an hour or more seems like it may be a long time but cooking them on the low simmer allows the green beans to not become too mushy or soft.
- Seasoning - Onion Powder, Garlic, Salt and Pepper are the best seasoning for green beans, in my opinion.
- Use fresh green beans - While you can use canned or frozen green beans, they are just not my favorite choice. It is easier to use them as well. If you do use canned or frozen green beans, make sure you watch the cook time as they are already going to be soft due to being canned in water and when then thaw from frozen.
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Southern Green Beans
- 1 pound fresh green beans (washed and trimmed)
- 2 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
- ½ cup onion (diced)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- ½ cup smoked sausage (sliced and diced)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- In a pot melt butter and add in diced onion. Sauté over medium heat until tender and translucent. Add in minced garlic and smoked sausage. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. Lower heat as needed to not burn garlic.
- Add chicken broth to your pot and bring to a boil. Once your broth is at a boil add in red pepper flakes and green beans.
- Reduce heat and cover. Allow to simmer for 60-90 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste then serve.