Walnutty Green Beans

Green Beans and Walnuts

On Geoff’s last visit to Wisconsin he prepared some of the family meals. After raiding the freezer for some homegrown veggies he came up with this tasty side dish – tamari flavored ‘walnutty’ green beans. It was his version of green beans amandine, replacing the almonds with walnuts and the salt with tamari soy sauce. I’m a big walnut fan so this dish went to the top of the list for me.

2 T. olive oil
¼ cup chopped walnuts
2 cups frozen green beans, thawed (or blanch some fresh beans before tossing in the pan)
2-3 tsp. Tamari (double this if adding pasta)

Preheat cast iron frying pan on medium low, sauté walnuts in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes until toasty but not overly browned. Toss in the green beans and tamari and cook until beans are done to your liking. Add a little water if necessary. Delicious!

Green Beans, Walnuts and Pasta

Here’s where I ‘value added’ the dish. The second time I made it I wanted something a little more substantial. I happened to have a package of fresh Tri-Color Four Cheese Raviolini from RP’s Pasta Company in the fridge. RP’s is a local Madison, WI company but I see that according to their website they sell in various states throughout the Midwest and beyond. I cooked the pasta, drained it and tossed it with the finished beans. Talk about a quick meal – faster, cheaper and healthier than going for a carry-out!

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