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Italian green beans with garlic and onion

Italian green beans or flat beans with garlic and onion is a simple but very flavourful dish. They are easy to combine with lots of other ingredients as a side dish and are delicious to serve as an appetizer.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Calories per serving: 123kcal
Author: Sabine


  • 500 g (1 lb or 17 ounces) Italian green beans or Flat beans
  • 2 cloves garlic finely sliced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 dried chilli pepper whole, not cut
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Wash and trim the ends of the beans, then slice them into 3 cm (or 1 inch) sections. Bring some water to the boil in a medium pan and add a pinch of salt. Add the sliced beans to the boiling water and cook for 8 minutes. Drain the water and set the beans aside.
  • In a skillet or frying pan, heat the oil and add the sliced garlic, chilli pepper and chopped onion. Fry for 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the cooked beans together with salt and pepper to taste and continue to cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, then add the lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and serve.


  • This dish can very easily be prepared in advance then kept in the fridge and later served as a cold side dish or appetizer, which is very nice on a warm day. This dish is also perfectly edible at ambient or room temperature.