What to Serve with Green Beans

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Whether you open up a can of french green beans or make a pot of fresh green beans, this versatile veggie is a great side to almost any main dish. With so many options, you might need help deciding what to serve with green beans. I put together a list below of 15 different main course recipes that are perfect to eat with green beans.

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No matter what your favorite green bean recipes are, they will work with any of these meals as a perfect healthy side dish. With anything from casseroles, to a steak dinner, to a holiday feast, green beans usually fit right in. Try one of the recipes below for delicious, flavorful meals the next time you make green beans.

What to Serve with Green Beans

Here are 15 great options for main courses to serve with a tasty side dish of green beans!

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1. Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta

Regular green beans are light and refreshing, so they make the perfect side dish for a heavy pasta meal. This Italian chicken sausage pasta is a quick 30-minute meal and green beans are a quick side dish, so they’re a perfect pair.

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2. Easy Ground Beef Goulash

Another pasta dish that is quick, easy, and heavy so it works great with a fresh and easy side dish like green beans.

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3. Baked Barbeque Chicken Breasts

Fresh veggies like green beans pair perfectly with any meat. These baked barbeque chicken breasts are no exception. Add a side of sweet potatoes with the green beans for a healthy meal!

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4. Oven-Baked Brats & Sauerkraut

Toss your green beans in the air fryer for a crisp texture to pair with this oven-baked brats & sauerkraut. If the air fryer isn’t your thing, use any of your favorite fresh green bean recipes.

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5. Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

The slow cooker is one of the best ways to cook for busy weeks. This is another easy meal that’s hands-off after you get it in the slow cooker. That leaves time for the more complicated green bean recipes you love.

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6. Slow Cooker Lazy Lasagna with Ravioli

This lazy version of lasagna made in the slow cooker has just five ingredients. It’s one of the best pasta dishes for a busy day or a weeknight meal and pairs well with sauteed green beans.

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7. Classic Beef and Pork Meatloaf

Green beans and mashed potatoes just belong with meatloaf. I think it’s a rule, actually. Seriously, green beans are one of the best side dishes for meatloaf.

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8. Chicken Fried Chicken

Classic chicken fried chicken, like meatloaf, just automatically brings a veggie dish like green beans to mind. Add to that some mashed potatoes and gravy and you’ve got a complete meal.

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9. Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Some fresh sautéed green beans would make a great tasting side dish with this creamy Tuscan chicken pasta. This pasta only takes 30 minutes and a handful of ingredients. This is another heavy pasta that your taste buds will love and will pair great with the fresh flavors of green beans with a little sea salt.

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10. Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner

This one-pan, 30-minute recipe is inexpensive and easy! Throw some green beans on a baking sheet and roast them with fresh herbs while this skillet dinner cooks for a simple meal. Even if you prefer different ways to make your green beans, it’s a great way to get a side of veggies in with this recipe.

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11. Ground Beef Stroganoff

This is another one-pan meal that cooks on the stovetop and frees up your oven during the cooking process for the best green bean recipes like classic green bean casserole.

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12. Five Cheese Ziti al Forno

This five-cheese ziti is an Olive Garden copycat recipe. The combination of marinara and alfredo sauce makes this dish so flavorful.

slow cooker london broil over egg noodles with onions and gravy

13. Slow Cooker London Broil

This tender London broil is made in the slow cooker and can be served over noodles or with a side like mashed potatoes. However you serve it, it pairs great with green beans. If you’re making London broil for a fancier meal, serve this at your holiday table with sauteed green beans.

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14. Spaghetti Sandwich

This is one of my favorite recipes, if you can call it a recipe. Using your leftover spaghetti to make spaghetti sandwiches is a great leftover hack. To keep the meal quick and easy, you need an easy side of green vegetables like green beans.

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15. Classic Porcupine Meatballs (Beef & Rice Meatballs)

You can pair these meatballs with rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes. Add a side of vegetables with your favorite green beans recipe.




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