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Green Beans Gremolata

Green beans tossed in an aromatic Italian condiment of garlic, parsley, lemon, Parmesan cheese, and crunchy pine nuts.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: green beans, Italian, holiday, pot luck, summer, Thanksgiving
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound French green beans
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaved parsley
  • 3 tablespoons finely-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • Olive oil - about 2 1/2 tablespoons
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for 2 minutes, until tender but still crisp. Drain the beans in a colander and immediately put them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and preserve their bright green color.
  • Make the Gremolata: toss the garlic, lemon zest, parsley, Parmesan, and pine nuts into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the oliv eoil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the beans and pat them dry. Add the beans to the pan and saute, turning frequently, until beans are coated with olive oil and heat through -- about 2 minutes. Off heat, add the Gremolata and toss well. Sprinkle with kosher salt and grinds of black pepper.