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Cooked Fresh Beans

Makes 4 servings

Notes: Serve cooked beans plain or use as directed in your favorite recipes. If making up to 1 day ahead, wrap the cool beans airtight and chill. To reheat, immerse the cooked beans in boiling water until hot, 1 to 2 minutes; drain.

 1 pound fresh beans
Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring 2 1/2 to 3 quarts water to a boil.

Step 2

Trim stem ends and pull any strings from fresh beans. Rinse beans and drain; leave whole or cut into 2- to 3-inch lengths.

Step 3

Add beans to boiling water and cook until just tender to bite, 3 to 7 minutes. Drain.

Step 4

Serve hot. Or immerse the beans at once in ice water until cool, to preserve texture (and, if green, their bright color). Drain and serve, or cover and chill up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 35Calories from Fat 2.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 6.8mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 8.1g3%

Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Protein 2.1g5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.