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Pesto Green Beans

Pesto green beans start with my favorite way to cook beans followed by tossing them in the very best pesto. The recipe is easily adapted to your own favorite pesto (or sauce) or can be completely left out. Hope you enjoy as much as we do!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: easy, quick, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, healthy, quick, summer, vegetarian
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound green beans
  • S&P
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup favorite pesto store bought or homemade


  • Heat olive oil in a large skilled over medium-high heat. Add beans, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally until spotty brown, about 5–6 minutes. Add water, cover, and cook about 3 minutes, allowing the beans to steam. Remove cover and cook until water evaporates, another 1–2 minutes (turning up heat as necessary). Remove pan from heat and toss beans with pesto. Transfer to serving platter, adjusting seasoning (or add more pestas necessary.