The Best Green Beans with Sausage, Garlic and Lemon
Nothing beats the hand of an old friend … except the hand of a new friend that is holding a big bag of fresh green beans right out of the garden! You are going to love this sausage green beans recipe that is brimming with summer flavor!
I was recently surprised when a new friend of mine handed me a bag of green beans that he had just picked out of his garden. What a lovely gift for a vegetable-loving foodie!
I couldn’t wait to get these beans home and on the table! Vegetable lovers do get a bit excited about garden fresh produce.
I learned a little trick from my Sister that adds so much extra flavor to vegetables. That trick is to saute a little sausage in oil with garlic before adding the vegetables to the pan. YUM!
Hillshire Farms just came out with a new Chicken Smoked Sausage that is delicious and goes perfectly with the fresh green beans. Actually, it goes perfectly with a lot of different dishes.
You don’t need a lot of sausage for these green beans, just a little bit to add that extra kick of flavor, but not so much that is overpowers the taste of the fresh green beans.
I was also impressed when my new friend told me that he had washed the beans and all I needed to do was trim them. Opening up the bag of beans and smelling the freshness is something you never tire of if you are a vegetable-loving foodie like me.
The fresh green bean & sausage dish came together quickly and all that was needed was a quick snip of the ends and a 5 minute gentle steam bath.
You don’t have to use fresh green beans from the garden, frozen whole green beans would work well too. Always pick frozen vegetables over canned vegetables because they were picked in season and then quickly frozen to retain all of their freshness and nutrients.
Quick and Easy Green Bean Recipe that is Delicious!
- 1 lb. of fresh or frozen green beans steamed for 5 minutes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cloves of garlic minced fine
- 1/4 cup of diced smoked sausage
- salt & pepper to taste
- a pinch of freshly squeezed lemon
Using a medium skillet, saute the garlic in oil and melted butter for about 2 minutes, careful not to burn.
Add the sausage to the skillet and cook for another minute.
Add the green beans, lightly salt and pepper.
Squeeze a little fresh lemon over beans.
Cook about 2-3 minutes stirring often.
If working with fresh garden green beans, gently wash the beans and snip off the ends with a knife or cooking shears.
Do you love green beans as much as we do? Try our canned green bean recipe for your next picnic.