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5 from 6 votes

Italian Green Beans

Recipe for fresh green beans sauteed in garlic and olive oil.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound green beans
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Trim or snap the ends off of the green beans. Slice or chop 5 cloves of garlic into small pieces.
  • Bring a 1/2 cup of water to boil in a shallow pan and add the green beans. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes until bright green. Drain beans and wipe the pan clean.
  • In the same pan on medium-low heat saute the garlic in a 1/4 cup of olive oil until lightly golden (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Add the green beans to the pan and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes longer and add 1 tsp of kosher salt. Taste test and adjust salt, or add pepper if desired. Turn off heat and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top before serving. Enjoy!



  • Finishing with extra virgin olive oil is optional. 
  • Buy firm, crisp green beans that snap easily.
  • Lightly saute the garlic until golden then toss the green beans with the garlic oil, thoroughly coating them, to achieve maximum flavor.
  • If you prefer green beans on the softer side just saute for a few more minutes to achieve desired consistency.
  • No pepper was used, but can be along with crushed red pepper flakes.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.3g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 19.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 1.6g | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg