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Sauteed string beans with almonds

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
19 min
8 min
11 min
This French-inspired side dish makes a great addition to any dinner table, especially holiday dinners. From Mother's Day to Christmas, the fresh sauteed green beans get a nutty crunch from the deeply flavorful toasted almonds. Ready in less than 20 minutes, this family-friendly recipe feeds a crowd. Serve with roasted turkey, chicken or alongside some pan-seared salmon. Experiment with different nuts for different flavor profiles. Pine nuts make a great pairing as well and toasting them is just as easy as the almonds.


Slivered almonds

½ cup(s)

Olive oil

2 tsp

Garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), minced

Uncooked green snap beans

8 cup(s), fresh, trimmed, or thawed if frozen

Canned chicken broth

½ cup(s), or vegetable broth

Table salt

½ tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground, or to taste


  1. Place almonds in a large dry skillet and place pan over medium heat. Cook until nuts are golden brown, shaking pan frequently, about 2 to 4 minutes. Remove nuts from pan; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook , stirring, 1 minute. Add string beans and sauté 1 minute. Add broth to pan; cover and steam until string beans are crisp-tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper; stir to coat. Remove from heat; stir in toasted almonds. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.


You may also use wax beans, snap peas or snow peas, if desired.