Buttery Basil Beans Recipe
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Buttery Basil Beans Recipe

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I grow green beans and basil and I thought I'd try combining the two. The results were yummy, particularly since the beans remain crisp and fresh tasting.—Bernadette Bennett, Waco, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 49 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water and bouillon to a boil. Add the beans. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Stir in butter and basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Basil Buttered Beans in Quick Cooking November/December 2004, p43

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"I substituted vegetable broth mixed with water and used about 1 T of fresh basil. Yum!"

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