The liquid in Kentucky Wonder pole green beans is called pot liquor and contains all the vitamins, according to Savannah Guthrie's mom Nancy. If you can't find Kentucky Wonder pole green beans, use string beans instead. Just be sure to serve the beans with the liquid. You can sop up the liquid with cornbread or another thick bread or go ahead and just pour the liquid directly over spoon bread. This dish is also traditionally served with molasses.
Place a large saucepan over medium heat and cook bacon until almost crisp. Add onion and cook until golden. Add garlic and continue to cook, adding tomato sauce or tomatoes. Cook one minute until garlic is soft.
Add beans to pan, along with chicken broth and seasonings. Bring temperature to high and then lower to a simmer. Cook slowly for about 1 1/2 hours. Taste and season again. Cook further until beans are soft, about 30 minutes.
Serve beans with the leftover liquid (it's called pot liquor and contains all the vitamins) to use for sopping up with cornbread or thick bread or to pour over spoon bread.
Serve with molasses.