Sizzled Green Beans with Crispy Prosciutto & Pine Nuts

Sizzled Green Beans with Crispy Prosciutto & Pine Nuts

Sizzling green beans in a little oil helps to bring out their natural sweetness. Prosciutto, pine nuts and lemon zest dress up the flavor without adding a lot of fat - a nice alternative to full-fat, creamy green bean casseroles.

From EatingWell: October/November 2006
Yield: 8 servings, 3/4 cup each
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  2. 2 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  3. 2 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced, cut into ribbons
  4. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  7. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  8. 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  10. 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add beans, return to a boil, and simmer until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add prosciutto; cook, stirring, until crispy, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel.
  3. Wipe out the pan; heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Add the beans, garlic, sage, 1/8 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are browned in places, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in pine nuts, lemon zest and the prosciutto. Season with lemon juice, the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 99 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 264 mg sodium; 196 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat