Italian Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic

Italian Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic

Italian Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic is a flavorful 15-minute side dish. Perfectly cooked fresh green beans are topped with garlicky tomatoes, pine nuts, and a squeeze of lemon. And this recipe is naturally vegan and gluten free and a healthy part of a Mediterranean diet. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Green Beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Amy Katz


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 dry pint cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 Tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • salt, to taste


  • Steam or blanch the green beans in boiling water for about 2 minutes, until they are bright green. Immediately transfer the beans to a bowl of ice water, then drain when cool.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Next add the tomatoes to the pan and saute until soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the green beans to the pan and toss to heat through, being careful not to overcook.
  • Finally, add the pine nuts, a squeeze of lemon juice, and salt, to taste.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!


The green beans can be blanched in advance and refrigerated in a sealed container until you're ready to make the recipe.
Leftovers will keep for a few days and can be reheated or enjoyed at room temperature.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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