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Sautéed Italian Flat Beans

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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Ready in
20 m
Calories Per Serving


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


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.