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Green Beans with Toasted Garlic and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Fresh bread crumbs, sautéed in butter until ultra-crisp and golden, are delicious over green beans, but they’ll dress up almost any vegetable you like.

Try them with asparagus, peas, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, too!

Prep time: 10 min | Total time: 15 min | 3 Servings


1 clove

Earthbound Farm Organic Garlic (peeled)

3 slice

whole wheat bread (crusts removed)

1 package

Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Green Beans

2 Tbsp

unsalted butter

¼ cup

grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)


In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add the frozen green beans, reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, for 4 to 6 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Drain and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, put the garlic into the bowl of a food processor and process until minced. Tear the bread into quarters and process it with the garlic into crumbs. 

In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. When the butter has melted, stir in the bread crumb mixture. Sauté until the crumbs are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.  

Serve the beans hot and sprinkle the toasted crumbs over each serving.

Fresh Variation: Substitute 10 oz fresh green beans for the frozen. Trim (“top & tail”) the beans; if they’re large, cut them in half or into thirds. Simmer them in the water for 3 to 6 minutes or until tender (timing will vary depending on their age and size).

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