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Green Beans with Anchovies

Green Beans with Anchovies

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This accompanies Italian pasta dishes very well when you are looking for a 'different' flavor to add to the table.

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 29 kcal
  • 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.6g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 110 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Place the green beans in a medium saucepan, and mix in the garlic, water, and lemon juice. Cover, and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, until tender but crisp. Drain, and transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the anchovy fillets and about 1 tablespoon reserved oil. Toss into the bowl with the green beans. Season with pepper. Serve immediately.
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so good! i sauteed the anchovy with the oil and butter first (b/c then the anchovy dissolves and your left with that great salty taste and no one complaining about eating little fish!). then i added water and beans and boiled - so good!!


This recipe sounds really good but I haven't made it yet. I'm writing to alert others who, like me, must watch their sodium, fat and/or caloric intake, that the nutritional information accompanying this recipe is deceptive. It breaks this recipe down into 4 servings; however, with only a 9oz package of green beans and nothing else to bulk it up, this dish will serve 2 at the most unless you serve really tiny portions. For those of us of who must watch our salt, fat and/or caloric intake, an accurate (and realistic) nutritional analysis is very important.


These were really good! I had a bag of 'steamfresh' green beans, so I just cooked them in the microwave as directed on the package, and in a small pan, I sauteed the anchovies w/ the oil, the garlic and I also added about 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. I cooked that until the anchovies melted and then added the lemon juice. I tossed that with the green beans and seasoned them with black pepper. These were really great for something different and I'm glad I gave them a try. I will be making these again! Thanks for pposting. :)