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Romano Beans with Almonds

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Also called Italian beans, romanos are similar to green beans but have broader, more flattened pods. This simple preparation shows off their robust flavor and texture.

Ingredients:

  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 lb. romano beans, trimmed and cut on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped

Directions:

Bring a large pot three-fourths full of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the beans and boil until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a bowl.

Drizzle the beans with olive oil. Squeeze the juice from the lemon half over the beans, and stir in the almonds and salt. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm (Oxmoor House, 2008).