This recipe for sauteed fresh green beans is the perfect side dish for just about any meal. It's certainly a go-to in our house.
Sauteed Fresh Green Beans
For some reason, green beans are something everyone in my family likes. Not broccoli, cauliflower, or zucchini though I like them all and still make them too. However, it's sauteed fresh green beans with garlic and a bit of cheese that is the most common side dish served in our house.
In the winter I sometimes use frozen beans but if I can I like to use fresh green beans.
After washing and cutting off the ends I blanch the green beans in some salted boiling water for a few minutes.
Then I dump them into an ice bath. This keeps them a nice bright green color all the while cooking them a bit too.
Cooking Green Beans
For the cook, I start with some olive oil and saute sliced pieces of garlic. I only let the garlic cook for about 30 seconds. Be careful, if the garlic burns it will ruin the dish.
Instead, remove the garlic to a plate after 30 secs or so and save it for later.
After you remove the garlic you can saute the fresh green beans in the garlic oil for a few minutes until it gets to the texture that you prefer. I like my beans a little on the crisp side so I don't cook them for long.
Remove the beans from the pan and toss them with some freshly grated Asiago cheese and then toss back in the garlic that you used in the beginning.
Or you can leave out the garlic and use whatever cheese you like. I often substitute Parmesan for the Asiago. Both are great choices.
A simple healthy dish that everyone will enjoy eating. That's what I call a win.
P.S. If you love green beans you may want to try this Middle Eastern Green Beans and Beef recipe. Or if you are looking for another great veggie side dish try this Spicy Roasted Cauliflower dish. You can find them and much more on my Recipes Page.
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Sauteed Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Asiago Cheese
- 1 pound fresh green beans
- 2 cloves garlic sliced thin
- 1/2 cup grate Asiago cheese
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Clean beans and then place them into a pot of boiling with salt for about 2 mins.
- Remove beans and place in a large bowl of ice water for 2 mins. Drain.
- In a large saute pan heat olive oil.
- Add garlic slices and stir until golden. 30 secs to 1 min.
- Remove garlic and set aside.
- Add the blanched green beans and sautee in the garlic oil for 2 minutes on high.
- Remove from heat and toss with Asiago cheese and garlic slices.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
As my palate matures, I find my taste turns towards the more simpler fare. Maximum flavor without heaviness of sauces, butter, etc. Thanks for the great recipe!
Thanks Erin. I agree sometimes simple is best.
I love fresh produce that is easy to prepare. I've never added garlic and asiago cheese - but I will now!
Thanks Susan. I hope you love it as much as we do.