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Buttery Green Beans & Pine Nuts

Kelly Favara
A simple, yet elevated, green bean recipe perfect for family dinners and holidays.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 1-2 pinches sea salt
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon melted ghee or grass-fed butter
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts


  • Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and water.
  • Bring a large stockpot filled with water to a rolling boil.
  • Add 1-2 pinched of sea salt to the water and add green beans. Continue cooking until green beans are bright in color, about 5 minutes. While the beans are cooking, begin toasting the pine nuts.
  • To toast the pine nuts, bring a small skillet to medium-low heat. Add the pine nuts to the warm skillet. Let the pine nuts toast on one "side" for about 1 minute. With a spatula, stir the pine nuts around the pan. Continue toasting for about 30 more seconds. Remove and place aside.
  • Once the green beans are bright in color and tender, transfer them to the ice bath. This will prevent them from continuing to cook. Once cooled, stain the green beans.
  • To assemble, place green beans in a bowl or serving dish of choice, pour the melted ghee over them, and lightly salt with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Gently toss together with a fork. Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts over beans before serving.