String Beans with Garlic

Serves 8
From My Family Table

I make sure to have a serving bowl ready with paper-thin sliced garlic and butter just waiting for the hot string beans to arrive. The residual heat from the beans will warm the garlic and melt the butter; all you have to do is boil the beans, toss and serve. I like to salt the water for the beans to the point where it tastes like the sea.


1 pound very fresh string beans, ends trimmed
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add the string beans. Cook for 3 minutes. Drain, then transfer the beans to a serving bowl and toss with butter and garlic and season with salt and pepper.