Garlic Green Bean Recipe

An easy to make garlic green bean recipe that can be cooked now or make ahead and frozen for later.

I love adding pine nuts because it gives a nice crunch and adds some great flavor.

If you don't have or don't like pine nuts substitute another type of nut.

If you're allergic to nuts just leave them out or try sesame seeds.

Garlic Green Bean Recipe

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • Salt and Pepper

Add the olive oil and butter to a saute pan and let it get hot. The butter adds great flavor and the olive oil keeps the butter from burning.

Add the chopped onions and saute them for a minute, when they are almost done add the garlic, pine nuts and green beans. Let the nuts brown in the pan, but keep tossing everything around so they don't burn. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook until the beans are heated through, the onions are translucent and the pine nuts are golden brown.

What Substitutions Can I Make?
You can use one pound of fresh green beans instead of frozen. Be sure to blanch them before freezing.

Use a different nut than pine such as walnuts or almonds. If you're allergic to nuts just leave them out or try sesame seeds.

Use frozen garlic or garlic powder to taste if you don't have fresh garlic.

How to Freeze Garlic Green Beans
If you're going to freeze this dish and you're using frozen green beans keep them frozen.

If you want to reheat it in the microwave then cook the onion and garlic mixture, take it off the heat and let it cool at least room temperature and add it to the green beans.

If you want to reheat it on the stove freeze all ingredients without cooking. You might want to add the oil, butter, salt and pepper when cooking too.

Either way put the garlic green beans in a freezer bag, date and add to your freezer inventory and freeze. Be sure to write on the label if it’s raw or precooked.

If you're using fresh green beans be sure to cook or blanch them to stop the enzymes from destroying the beans in the freezer. Let them cool and then freeze.

How to Reheat Garlic Green Beans
I usually just toss the whole thing in the microwave for a few minutes until heated through because I precook the onions and garlic. If you want to heat it on the stove top use some extra olive oil if necessary.

Alternatively, if you didn’t precook this, add the green beans, still frozen, to your pan and cook until the onions are tender and the beans are heated through.

Do not thaw frozen vegetables before cooking.

Find more frozen vegetable recipes.

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