Remove stems from green beans, either by snapping them off or cutting them. Chop onion, scallions, or shallot.
If using animal bacon, cook over medium heat until crisp and fat is rendered. If not using animal bacon, heat a pan over medium high heat on the stove. Add 1 tablespoon of oil (olive, canola, or coconut).
Add onions to hot fat and cook 1 minute. Add green beans and stir or toss to coat in fat. Add 1 tablespoon broth or water and cover pan tightly; let steam 2-3 minutes.
Toss beans with chopped herbs, chopped bacon or vegan bacon, and salt and pepper to taste.
Inspired by a recipe from Time Life’s Foods of the World: American Cooking: Southern Style.