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Italian Sautéed Green Beans

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Add Italian Sautéed Green Beans with Tomatoes to your menu for a pop of vibrant color on your plate plus an outstanding treat for your taste buds!

This Fresh Green Bean Recipe is easy enough for every day, yet elegant enough for company!

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Italian Sautéed Green Beans

As I often do, I came to search my blog for this fresh green bean recipe. I spotted these yummy roasted green beans, but apparently I was remiss in sharing this tasty recipe with you all. Finding decent green beans in the produce section, in the middle of winter, reminded me of these tasty beans!

Once I tracked down the recipe, it took only about 10 minutes until they were ready to serve. Super easy, yet definitely packed full of flavor.

How to Blanch Fresh Beans

Though these beans could easily be cooked until tender, strained and parked until the garlic butter was ready, I decided to blanch them. What is blanching, you might wonder? Blanching is the process of plunging fruit or vegetables into boiling water briefly, then into cold water to stop the cooking process. I often do this for sugar snap peas and asparagus, when serving them as crudite, to slightly soften and minimize the “raw” flavor. When making peach pie, this process also is helpful in removing the skins.

According to the Food Lover’s Companion, blanching can set the color as well as heighten the flavor. Since I wanted them cooked past crisp, this may have been more of a parboil than blanching. Let’s call it a long blanch.

Italian Sauteed Green Beans in a white ceramic bowl with two red handled forks

How to Make Sauteed Green Beans

Once the veggies are parboiled or blanched, there are just a couple more steps. The butter is melted and seasonings added before the cherry (or grape) tomatoes are cooked until soft. Though I didn’t do it this time, slicing the tomatoes in half makes them easier to eat.

Finally, the beans are added and cooked to your desired doneness. If you have blanched until tender, this last cooking time will be minimal. The nice thing about this recipe is that it’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner, yet the flavor and colorful presentation make it a fun option when having company over for a meal. These Italian sauteed green beans are destined to be a regularly featured side dish at your house, too!

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This recipe was first shared in March 2012. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Haricot Verts with Grape Tomatoes in a white ceramic bowl with a garnish of fresh basil

By the way, I found this recipe shared in 2012 but had titled it Haricots Vert with Grape Tomatoes! And here I was searching for green beans. Photos, name of recipe and text have been updated so this doesn’t go missing again.

Italian Sauteed Green Beans in a white ceramic bowl with two red handled forks

Italian Sautéed Green Beans

A vibrant green bean recipe flavored with butter, garlic and basil and sweet cherry tomatoes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Yield 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 cup whole or halved cherry or grape tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Cook green beans in salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saute pan, melt the butter, then stir in the sugar, garlic powder, salt, pepper and basil. Add tomatoes and cook until soft.
  3. Add the green beans and toss gently. Serve while hot.

Notes

May use frozen green beans if fresh are not available.

Adapted from Southern Living.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

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7 comments on “Italian Sautéed Green Beans”

  1. Simple, fresh and so delicious! I would have to double or triple the portion though LOL

  2. I love green beans! I know they are typically served as a side dish, but I could make a meal of just these they look so good!

  3. These beans would be a fantastic Christmas side dish! I love fresh beans

  4. I’m not sure if I actually know the difference between a parboil and a blanch. Anyway, long blanch is a good term. 🙂 And we often blanch veggies — sets the color, and I agree it locks in some flavor (although a stir-fry locks in flavor too). Anyway, good dish — love green beans, and pretty soon we’ll be flooded with local ones.

  5. Beautiful! Simple yet elegant and delicious, as you mentioned. I love to cook green beans in a tomato sauce with some garlic and herbs, and I love this butter-flavoured version, too! Perfect for the late winter / early spring.

  6. Sounds good. Looks delicious. And, easy. My kind of recipe. Thanks, again, for tips and how-tos.

  7. The fresh green beans in the stores here should have stayed on the vine lots longer they’re really puny. I will definitely have to use frozen beans for now.

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