Soft Green Beans

Soft Green Beans

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2019

Modern cooking may champion barely cooked, tender-crisp veggies, but the soft and luscious ones you find in many Southern kitchens, like these super-soft green beans, make a mouthwatering healthy side dish to classic Southern barbecue.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed


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  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  2. Add broth and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt; bring to a simmer. Add green beans, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the green beans to a serving dish.
  3. Bring the liquid remaining in the pan to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Drizzle over the green beans.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 60 calories; 3 g fat(0 g sat); 3 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 30 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 553 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 36 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 347 mg sodium; 225 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1½ vegetable, ½ fat

Reviews 2

May 08, 2019
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By: MNMom
My family (possibly just my husband) likes his green beans on the softer side. I've been roasting them in the oven but often they are between crunchy to hard. I followed this recipe exactly and we really enjoyed them. I could have polished off the bowl! Plus, easy to make.
February 10, 2019
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By: rlocati1
I am in the camp of liking my green beans really cooked, so this one is great for me.
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