Sautéed Italian Flat Beans

Sautéed Italian Flat Beans
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Sautéed Italian Flat Beans

Jane Bruce

Sautéed Italian Flat Beans

No, those aren't unshucked favas in the picture. That would not be good eats. Instead, these are Italian flat beans, a recent discovery I made. They're a great substitute for regular old green beans but have a bit more crunch and a slightly sweeter flavor. This is a great side dish for anyone who's looking for something quick and easy on a busy weeknight.

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2
Servings
650
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1  Pound  fresh Italian flat beans, trimmed
  • 1  Tablespoon  olive oil
  • cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1  Tablespoon  crushed red chile pepper flakes

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Prepare an ice bath. Blanch the beans for about 1 minute, then drain and shock in the ice bath.

Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and crushed red chile pepper flakes and sweat until the garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. Drain the beans from the ice bath. Add the beans, increase the heat to high, and cook until crisp tender, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
46g
66%
Saturated Fat
24g
100%
Cholesterol
197mg
66%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Protein
56g
100%
Vitamin B-12
7µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Calcium, Ca
41mg
4%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
50mg
16%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
445mg
64%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
23µg
42%
Sodium, Na
183mg
12%
Water
133g
5%
Zinc, Zn
11mg
100%

Italian Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.