Beans and Caramelized Onions

No more boring beans! In this recipe, the familiar green bean takes on an exciting new flavor. Onions, sugar, and balsamic vinegar coat the beans in a sweet, but tangy sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
5 servings


  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter

  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar

  • ½ (7 ounce) jar roasted red sweet peppers, drained and finely chopped (1/2 cup)

  • ¼ cup quartered pitted ripe olives

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 pound green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths (about 4 cups)


  1. In a large heavy skillet, heat margarine or butter over medium heat until melted. Cook and stir onion and sugar in margarine or butter about 10 minutes or until the onion is very tender and golden brown. Stir in vinegar. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until liquid evaporates. Stir in the roasted red peppers, olives, basil, salt, and black pepper. Remove skillet from heat; cover with foil and keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the green beans, covered, in a small amount of boiling water about 10 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. To serve, stir caramelized onion into green beans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
3g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 640IU 13%
Vitamin C 54mg 60%
Folate 39mcg 10%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 26mg 6%
Potassium 267mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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