Nate’s Green Beans

It’s time to elevate your Thanksgiving green bean casserole using fresh green beans instead of canned ones. Green bean casserole is a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but by leaving out the canned soups, the green beans can become the star. I love that this simple recipe doesn’t take much time or effort and can therefore free up time for other things. I recommend cooking these on the day of Thanksgiving, but they can be trimmed and washed beforehand. Not everyone is a fan of green beans, but after tasting Nate’s, our friend of 20 years, we were converted and made sure to get the recipe.


  • 1 lb fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely diced or pressed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

Step 1. Add olive oil, garlic, and butter on medium heat in a large frying pan. If you’d like, you can even toss in an extra clove of garlic cut in half for presentation at the end. Sautee the garlic for a minute or so until fragrant. Here’s the link to my cute olive oil dispenser that keeps the oil in a dark place but also makes for a super easy grab anytime I need it since I keep it on a tray on my counter at all times.

Step 2. Remove the garlic and set it aside. Add the washed and trimmed green beans, the rest of the spices, and the water. Give it a good stir.

Step 3. Cover and cook on medium heat until tender, about 15-20 min. I love these Caraway frying pans because they are not only beautiful but also non-toxic and non-stick, and I always get questions about them every time I show them.

Step 4. Serve the beans in a casserole dish topped with the sauteed garlic.

Step 5. Bask in the joy of converting your green-bean-hating loved ones into believers.

Are you interested in other Thanksgiving recipes or need ideas? If so, I created a complete guide on hosting a Friendsgiving / Thanksgiving dinner party. Click this link, and I’ll email you a copy!



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