Fresh Green Beans and Basil Recipe - Delicious and Healthy

Fresh Green Beans and Basil

Fresh Green Beans and Basil Recipe - Delicious and Healthy
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 4


Fresh Green Beans and Basil
Fresh Green Beans and Basil

Fresh green beans and basil is a simple yet flavorful dish that highlights the natural sweetness of green beans and the aromatic freshness of basil. This recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy side dish that can be enjoyed year-round.


Green beans have been a staple in many cuisines for centuries, with records of their cultivation dating back to ancient times. Basil, with its strong aroma and flavor, has also been used in cooking for centuries, particularly in Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. Combining these two ingredients creates a harmonious dish that is both delicious and nutritious.


How to prepare

  1. Bring a large pot of water with salt to a boil.
  2. Add green beans and cook for 5 to 6 minutes until they are just tender.
  3. Drain the green beans well.
  4. In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Add the green beans, herb vinegar, salt, and pepper; stir well to coat.
  6. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  7. Toss with basil and serve immediately.


  • Add toasted pine nuts or almonds for added crunch.
  • Substitute olive oil for butter for a dairy-free option.
  • Add cherry tomatoes or roasted red peppers for extra flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the green beans until they are just tender to retain their crisp texture.

- Adding a splash of vinegar enhances the flavors of the green beans and basil.

- Fresh basil is key to this recipe, as it adds a bright and aromatic flavor to the dish.

- Serve the dish immediately after tossing with basil to preserve the freshness of the herb.

Serving Suggestions

Serve fresh green beans and basil as a side dish to grilled chicken, fish, or steak. It also pairs well with pasta dishes or as part of a vegetarian meal.

Cooking Techniques

Blanching the green beans in boiling water helps to retain their vibrant color and crisp texture.

- Tossing the green beans with butter and vinegar adds richness and acidity to the dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use frozen green beans if fresh are not available.

- Substitute parsley or mint for basil if desired.

Make Ahead Tips

Cook the green beans ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until ready to toss with basil and serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the dish in a colorful bowl garnished with additional basil leaves for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair fresh green beans and basil with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

- Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

- 80 calories per serving


- Total Carbohydrates: 9g

- Dietary Fiber: 4g

- Sugars: 3g


- Total Fat: 4g

- Saturated Fat: 2g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 2g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 15% DV

- Vitamin C: 20% DV

- Iron: 6% DV


Contains dairy (butter)


This dish is low in calories and fat, while providing a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is a healthy and nutritious side dish option.


Fresh green beans and basil is a simple and delicious side dish that is perfect for any occasion. With its vibrant colors and fresh flavors, this dish is sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy the natural sweetness of green beans paired with the aromatic freshness of basil in this easy and nutritious recipe.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a treasured one. It was a warm summer day, much like today, when I stumbled upon a quaint little farmers market in the heart of Tuscany. The sun was shining brightly, casting a golden hue over the vibrant fruits and vegetables that lined the stalls.

As I meandered through the market, taking in the sights and smells of the fresh produce, a kind elderly woman caught my eye. She was sitting at a small wooden table, surrounded by baskets overflowing with plump green beans and fragrant basil leaves. Intrigued, I approached her and struck up a conversation.

She introduced herself as Nonna Maria, a local Italian grandmother who had been cooking traditional recipes for her family for decades. Her warm smile and welcoming demeanor instantly put me at ease, and I found myself drawn to her like a moth to a flame.

Nonna Maria noticed my interest in the green beans and basil and offered to teach me a simple yet delicious recipe that had been passed down through generations of her family. With a twinkle in her eye, she began to instruct me on the art of cooking fresh green beans and basil.

First, she showed me how to select the best green beans, making sure they were firm and free of any blemishes. Then, she taught me how to blanch the beans in boiling water for just a few minutes, until they were tender yet still crisp.

Next, Nonna Maria demonstrated how to sauté the blanched green beans in a generous amount of olive oil, garlic, and a handful of fresh basil leaves. The aroma that wafted from the pan was intoxicating, filling the air with the scent of summer.

As the green beans sizzled and the basil wilted, Nonna Maria regaled me with stories of her youth, of days spent in the kitchen with her own grandmother, learning the secrets of Italian cooking. Her passion for food and family was palpable, and I couldn't help but be swept up in her infectious energy.

Finally, she added a splash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to the green beans, giving them a tangy and savory kick that elevated the dish to new heights. The flavors melded together perfectly, creating a symphony of tastes that danced on my tongue.

As I took my first bite of the green beans and basil, I was transported to a different time and place. The simple yet elegant dish brought back memories of lazy summer days spent in the countryside, of laughter and love shared around the dining table.

Nonna Maria watched me with a knowing smile, her eyes twinkling with pride. She had passed on her knowledge and her passion for cooking to me, and I was grateful for the experience.

And so, that is how I learned to make fresh green beans and basil, a recipe that has become a staple in my own kitchen. Whenever I cook this dish, I am reminded of Nonna Maria and the beautiful day we spent together in the heart of Tuscany, creating memories that will last a lifetime.


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