Southern Green Beans & Potatoes

If you're looking for green bean recipes, there's a good chance you'll stumble on a Southern interpretation of this soulful side. Our version uses fresh green beans and potatoes, but we have a fun trick—we peel a thin strip around the middle of each potato before cooking for textural contrast and pretty presentation.

Southern Green Beans And Potatoes in a white serving dish
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 medium red onion, halved and very thinly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 ½ pounds small red and gold potatoes, a strip peeled from the center of each

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed


  1. Heat oil in a 5-quart saucepan over medium-high. Add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is tender, about 3 minutes.

  2. Add stock, salt and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a steady simmer. Simmer 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender enough to be pierced with a fork but still firm.

  3. Add green beans, cover, and simmer until very tender, about 6 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the potatoes and green beans to a serving dish. Bring the liquid to a boil, and cook until reduced to 1 cup, about 6 minutes. Spoon over the vegetables, and gently fold to mix. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

198 Calories
3g Fat
39g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 198
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Sodium 346mg 15%

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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