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Apricot-Glazed Green Beans

Serve this classic pasta toss withApricot-Glazed Green Beans from Nancy Mueller. "I like to add a little extra flavor to homegrown beans, and this is one of our favorite treatments," she writes from Bloomington, Minnesota. Apricot preserves make the simple yet tasty coating for the veggies. Try this side dish alongside most any entree whenever time is tight.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Place beans in a steamer basket in a saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 7-8 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the preserves, butter and salt. Cook, uncovered, on high for 30 seconds or until butter is melted; stir until smooth.
  • Transfer beans to a serving bowl; add apricot mixture and toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 120 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 193mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • browns19fan
    Mar 29, 2018

    Crazy! I prepared (pork) Tenderloin with Herb Sauce last night and this recipe was recommended as an accompaniment. I ended up using a 10-ounce box of frozen spinach (for two people) instead, because I had no green beans in the freezer and because spinach is green. I added a heaping tablespoonful of preserves and about a teaspoon of butter. It was an unqualified success. I know I will go back to this recipe a lot — DH will demand it. And I have already added green beans to my shopping list because I don’t want to get blindsided again.

  • valdater
    Oct 27, 2015

    Delicious. Very surprising way to cook green beans, and it is nice way to enjoy vegetables. Definately not boring! A suggestion is to have this as a side dish with a pork main entree. However, it would be great with chicken, too.

  • cbenne12
    Oct 17, 2014

    So easy and delicious!

  • redfaery77
    Mar 20, 2012

    Yummy! My kids ate green beans!!

  • marian71
    Jul 21, 2011

    I loved it. I used frozen green beans though its what I had,it was easy and delicious! My brother and 9yr old nephew stopped over and had them try it and they also loved it. Will make it again.