Herbed Green Beans

I wanted a garden this year, but we never got it plowed up, so I opted for a container garden in the deck. I planted mostly green beans because that is what my family likes the most.

Usually, when we have a large garden, we can the green beans, then open them as needed, dump them into a pot and heat them up. I’m not getting enough to can, only to cook a meal at a time, so I needed a recipe for raw green beans.

IMG_9506Years ago, I received recipe cards in the mail. These were the trial ones where you could order more if you wanted. I had one for green beans so I thought, “Why not?” and gave it a whirl.

WP_20130716_002 Whatcha Need

  • 1 pound of green beans
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon basil (I used the dried)

Putting It All Together

IMG_9507Snap and wash the green beans if they are fresh. If using canned beans, drain them. Frozen can be used as well.

IMG_9508Bring a 1/2 cup of water to boil in a 10-inch covered nonstick skillet. Add green beans; simmer, covered over medium-low heat until tender, about 8 minutes.  How tender you want them is up to you. We don’t like them crunchy, so I cooked mine longer. Drain in colander.

IMG_9509 Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add sugar and basil; cook and stir for about 2 minutes.


Add salt,


pepper (don’t you just love the way I accurately measure?)


and green beans.


Cook, stirring until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Serve with your favorite main dish and enjoy!

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