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Grandma Julia's Green Beans

A beautiful recipe made with fresh green beans, shallots, tomatoes, basil and pin nuts!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy side dish recipe, holiday recipe, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 6 basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 2 med sized shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • sea salt
  • roasted pine nuts


  1. Prepare all ingredients while you bring a large pot of water to boil.

  2. When water comes to a boil, place a medium sized saucepan on med-high heat. Melt butter and begin sautéeing shallots. Sauté for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Place beans in boiling water, blanche for 3 minutes. Drain in colander then pour beans into pan with shallots.

  4. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and basil, cook for 1-2 more minutes. Add diced tomato, and pine nuts, sprinkle with sea salt, toss and serve.