These Italian green beans are a delicious side dish that looks as good as they taste, and with only 5 ingredients they couldn’t be easier. Serve this fresh green beans recipe with your favorite dinners and watch them disappear. Everyone will love these flavorful sautéed green beans! Makes 6 servings.
Why I love this fresh green beans recipe
There’s nothing I like more the fresh vegetables. While I don’t mind frozen, I’ve never been a fan of canned, and the more time I spend cooking, the more I realize how simple fresh veggies can be to cook.
They definitely take a little more time and planning, but I find that it’s the difference between me choosing to each vegetables on a regular basis or skipping them entirely.
These easy Italian green beans are one of my favorite side dishes, and I find that they go with almost anything – from Mississippi pot roast to honey mustard chicken. I even think they’re a great alternative for green bean casserole around the holidays.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe
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- Large stockpot, Dutch oven or deep skillet
- Measuring spoons
- Chef’s knife or kitchen scissors
- Cutting board
How to make Italian green beans
Boil the green beans. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add your green beans. Let the cook for about 3 – 4 minutes, or until they turn nice and bright green in color. Drain in a colander and set aside.
Sauté the garlic and peppers. Return the pot to the stove. Add olive oil to the pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes.
Let them simmer until they’re sizzling and fragrant. This should only take about 30 – 45 seconds, so keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
Sauté the green beans. Return the beans to the pan and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
FAQ’s and tips for making these sautéed green beans
Yes. By boiling your fresh green beans for a few minutes before sauteeing them, you bring out the bright green color as well as help the green beans to retain a nice texture when cooked. It might add a few minutes to the cooking process but it’s well worth it!
The blanching is only 3 to 4 minutes, which isn’t very long. From that point, you take the green beans, drain them, and then put them in a hot seasoned skillet to sautee for 2 minutes. From start to finish the green beans are only cooked for about 5 or 6 minutes, which isn’t very long, making this a very fast side dish to throw together.
Overcooked green beans aren’t very pleasant to look at or eat. The textures and colors are a little off. You can tell that your fresh green beans were overcooked because the color turns more olive in tone, and the texture is mushy. You want bright green and crisp.
Wash your green beans by placing them in a colander and rinsing with water well. Toss them around with your hands to help the water get over every bean. You can also dip a colander full of green beans into a bowl filled with water, and swish it around. Drain the water, and repeat until the water looks clear of all debris.
To trim your green beans, line them up on a clean cutting board. If you can get all of the stems to line up on one side, that’s even better. Using your chef’s knife, cut off the stems and little knobby ends.
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This easy fresh green beans recipe is bursting with flavor and color. You’re going to love these sautéed Italian green beans as a side dish to your next meal. As a bonus, they are vegan and cook really quickly! Perfect for a fast dinner addition. #greenbeans #sidedish
- 1 1/2 – 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- Black pepper, to taste
- Fill a large stockpot or dutch oven about halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add the green beans to the pot and let them cook for about 3 – 4 minutes, or until they have turned bright green.
- Drain green beans in a colander and set aside.
- Return pot to the stove, and decrease heat to medium-high.
- Heat the olive oil in the pan. Then, add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Return the green beans to the pan and stir to coat evenly with oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Continue to cook, stirring as needed, until green beans are heated through, about 2 minutes.
Keywords: dairy free, vegan, gluten free, vegetables, healthy, easy, 5 ingredient
Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by Melissa Belanger