Green Beans with Herbs & Pine Nuts- Gremolata

This dish elevates the humble green beans into something rather extraordinary. I’ve updated the classic Gremolata recipe in Italian cooking and given it a modern nod by adding a bit of red pepper flakes and extra herbs.

Let’s face it- green beans are a bore. But this recipe takes them to the next level.

Blanch the beans in boiling, salted water, plunge into an ice bath. Toast pine nuts- almonds work nicely as well. Create a topping of freshly grated cheese, fresh herbs and lemon zest. You can even add toasted panko bread crumbs for a little extra crunch.

Make these one evening and serve with fresh fish or a pork loin. Toss it on pasta like a fresh pesto. Simple, yet sophisticated.



  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed

  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

  • 2 TBSP flat leaf parsley, chopped

  • 2 TBSP rosemary, chopped fine

  • 2 TBSP thyme leaves

  • Zest and juice of one lemon

  • pinch of red pepper flakes

  • 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

A bundle of Rosemary, thyme and parsley elevate the taste of the rather boring green bean

Method- serves 4-6

  • Prepare an ice bath in a clean sink.
    In a large pot filled with boiling water, add 1 tsp of kosher salt. Toss in trimmed green beans. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into an ice bath. Remove the from the cold water and pat dry.
  • In a medium size dish, create the gremolata by mixing the pine nuts, salt, pepper, herbs, cheese, lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil. Add in the blanched beans. Cook for 1 minute. Add in the minced garlic. Cook for another minute on medium high heat.
    Place beans into a serving dish and toss with the gremolata. Lightly toss with the fresh lemon juice.
    Serve immediately.
  • If you’d like a little extra crunch- add toasted panko breads crumbs to the dish.
Toss the toasted pine nuts with cheese and the herbs.
The lowly green bean turned into something elegant.

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