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an aerial view of a plate of italian green beans with a slice of lemon and a fork

Italian Green Beans

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: American


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 1/22 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


  1. Fill a large stockpot or dutch oven about halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add the green beans to the pot and let them cook for about 3 – 4 minutes, or until they have turned bright green.
  3. Drain green beans in a colander and set aside.
  4. Return pot to the stove, and decrease heat to medium-high.
  5. Heat the olive oil in the pan. Then, add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  6. Return the green beans to the pan and stir to coat evenly with oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Continue to cook, stirring as needed, until green beans are heated through, about 2 minutes.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 90
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 203.3 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.3 g
  • Fiber: 4.2 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: dairy free, vegan, gluten free, vegetables, healthy, easy, 5 ingredient