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Easy Southern Style Flat Italian Green Beans Recipe

Y’all are gonna love my easy Southern style flat Italian green beans recipe. This delicious side dish has lots of wonderful flavors and pops of color making it perfect for family meals or special occasion dinners.

Let me tell ya friend, even though this is a perfect side dish, don’t let that stop you from enjoying it as a main dish with a side of crusty bread if you’re looking to enjoy a simple supper.

So, you may be wondering “what are Italian green beans, Julia“? This delicious variety of green beans are the flat wide ones rather than the round variety that you may be more familiar with. So delicious and can be prepared just as you would any other green bean. A must try for sure. 

Come on y’all! Let’s head into the kitchen and allow me to share my twist of a delicious Southern style Italian green bean recipe that is sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection.

Simple Sautéed Italian Green Beans Recipe

Platter of sautéed Italian green beans with pancetta, corn, onion, and tomato garnished with parsley

Doesn’t that look delicious? Those meaty green beans and the beautiful flavors and colors in a simple side dish that is sautéed and ready in about fifteen minutes.

I’d be perfectly happy serving this up for holiday feasts to share with family and friends.

Flat Italian Green Beans

Ingredients for preparing Italian green beans southern style

Here’s what you will need to prepare this 15 minute Italian green bean recipe…and don’t worry, there’s a printable recipe card down below with all of the details.

  • Pancetta (or just use bacon)
  • Small Yellow Onion
  • Whole Kernel Corn
  • Italian Green Beans (I prefer the Hanover brand that are canned with salt and water, just like canning your own home vegetables)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder (feel free to use fresh garlic if you prefer)
  • Diced Roma Tomatoes (seeds removed)
  • Chopped Parsley for garnish – optional

Julia’s Italian-Style Green Beans

stainless skillet cooking pancetta until crispy

Start by placing a large skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the diced pancetta (or bacon if using) and sauté so that it releases its fat and becomes crispy.

We’re gonna use those flavorful dripping to sauté the rest of the ingredients to impart wonderful flavor into this tasty vegetable side dish.

Once the pancetta is crispy, use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pan and transfer it to a dish and set is aside to add back to our green beans later.

You’ll want to have around a tablespoon of rendered fat. If you find yourself with more than that then use a spoon to remove some and discard.

Easy Italian Green Beans

sautéing corn and onion in pancetta drippings for an Italian green bean dish

The next step is to add the diced onion and corn kernels to the skillet. Take this time to also scrape those tasty bits that stuck to the bottom of the pan and allow them to mingle with everything else.

Allow the onions and corn to sauté just a couple of minutes of the onions begin to become translucent.

Canned Italian Green Beans Recipe

Canned Italian green beans recipe final step of preparation

It’s time to add the star of the show…the Italian green beans. Add them to the skillet along with the seasonings.

Give everything a stir to combine and sauté for about five minutes or so until the green beans are nice and hot.

Lastly, add the reserved crispy pancetta back to the skillet along with the diced tomatoes and saute for one more minute.

Then remove from the heat and transfer the Italian Green Beans with onion, corn, garlic, pancetta and tomatoes to a serving dish.

Sprinkle a little bit of parley over everything to make it look a bit more special, if you like.

Southern Italian Green Beans Recipe

Italian Green Beans side dish on a serving platter

There you have it my friend! A wonderful Southern style Italian green bean recipe that is ready in minutes.

Below you will find all of the details in the printable recipe card.

Remember y’all that I always say a recipe is a guide. Make my version and try it then make it your own. Switch up the seasonings, maybe add a red bell pepper, or other ingredients to suit your own taste.

Yield: 1 side dish

Easy Southern Style Flat Italian Green Beans Recipe with Pancetta and Roma Tomatoes

White platter with easy Southern style flat Italian green beans recipe

Discover the wonderful flavors in this beautiful colorful side dish of Southern Style Italian Green Beans that are sautéed with onion, corn kernels, Roma tomatoes with crispy pancetta, and the flavors of garlic and other seasonings. This is the perfect side dish for family meals or holiday gatherings. This hearty side could also be served up as the main dish with crusty bread for a super simple supper.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 ounces Diced Pancetta (or bacon)
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, diced
  • ½ cup Whole Kernel Corn, drained well
  • 38 ounce Can Cut Italian Green Beans, drained well
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder, or to taste
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • Chopped Parsley for Garnish, optional


  1. Begin by heating a large skillet over medium and add the diced pancetta to the skillet and cook until crisp and the fat has been rendered from the meat.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pancetta from the skillet transferring it to a small bowl; set aside until needed. You want to use a tablespoon of rendered drippings. If you have more remove from some the pan and discard.
  3. Next; add the corn kernels and diced onion to the skillet and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Be sure to scrape the crispy bits left in the pan by the pancetta as the onion and corn sauté. The crispy bits add flavor to the dish.
  4. The next step is to add the flat Italian green beans and seasonings to the skillet; stir and continue to sauté for 5 minutes.
  5. Finally; add the reserved pancetta back to the skillet along with the diced Roma tomatoes and sauté for an additional minute.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the Southern-style Italian green beans to a serving dish. Serve immediately.


See the full post for additional tips in preparing this simple side dish and for more options.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g

What to serve with Italian Green Beans?

When it comes to serving up those Southern Italian Style Green Beans, you’ve got plenty of delicious options to round out your meal! Here are a few ideas off the top of my head:

There are many possibilities and they all make my mouth water! Just serve ’em up any way you want and they’re sure to be just perfect.

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Remember, whether you’re serving it up for a family dinner or a special gathering, these Southern style Italian green beans are sure to be a hit!

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