Basil-Garlic Green Beans Recipe
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Basil-Garlic Green Beans Recipe

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“These are a result of getting my son, Mark, to eat green beans. He loves them extra garlicky,” says Jenny Witcraft of Cleveland, Ohio.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 5 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, cubed
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 56 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 37 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. Place beans in a large Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and keep warm.
  2. In the same pan, melt butter. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute or until golden brown. Add basil and beans; toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Originally published as Basil-Garlic Green Beans in Light & Tasty December/January 2008, p43

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"Nicely seasoned. The garlic is not overwhelming like I thought they would be."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"It was fast, easy, and everyone with dietary limits could eat it. It was a bid hit!"

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