This is such a simple dish to throw together, but it feels just a bit more elegant than an everyday side dish. There’s something about the mingling of these four simple ingredients that just works. And it goes great with so many main dishes: fish, grilled steak, pork chops, roasted chicken.
And when I say it’s simple to “throw together,” I mean it. You won’t need to dirty a single measuring cup or spoon! I was tempted to give you nothing more than the photo collage, but I thought you might want a little more to go on. Enjoy!
Green Beans and Pine Nuts
Serves 2; scale up as necessary
2 handfuls of fresh or frozen green beans
a splash or two of olive oil
a pat or two of butter
1 handful of pine nuts
a shake or two of salt
If using fresh green beans, snap off the ends and break them into pieces of whatever length you like.
Pour water into a small saucepan, to a depth of about 1″; bring to a boil. Add the green beans. If they’re frozen, stir till the water returns to a boil. Turn the heat down a couple notches and simmer until the beans are done to your liking. Recommended: while they are still bright green, but pleasingly tender when you bite one.
Drain the beans and leave them in the colander for the moment. Return the saucepan to the heat and pour in a bit of olive oil; add the butter and the pine nuts to that. Stir over medium heat, until you can smell the pine nuts, or until they begin to turn toasty brown.
Add the beans back into the pan and stir to coat them with the sauce and the nuts. Add a little salt. Serve immediately.
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