Sautéed Italian Flat Beans

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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
2
Servings
143
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
  • 4 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
11%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Protein
5g
9%
Carbs
19g
6%
Vitamin A
82µg
9%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
21%
Vitamin C
36mg
60%
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
39µg
48%
Calcium
99mg
10%
Fiber
7g
26%
Folate (food)
76µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
76µg
19%
Iron
3mg
14%
Magnesium
61mg
15%
Monounsaturated
5g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
9%
Phosphorus
99mg
14%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
528mg
15%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
14.6%
Sodium
570mg
24%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
13.5%
Zinc
0.6mg
4.2%

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