Green Beans with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

This is hands-down our favorite way to eat green beans. It’s not exactly frugal, so it’s a special occasion sort of dish. 🙂 Alter the quantities to taste. I use about 2 ounces of goat cheese and 2 ounces of pine nuts per pound of green beans.


  • olive oil
  • green beans, washed and stem ends snapped off
  • chopped fresh garlic to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • pine nuts
  • goat cheese (chevre)


Heat a large heavy skillet over medium low heat. Drizzle in some olive oil. Add the green beans and cook covered, stirring every couple minutes, until they are almost all tender and some are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook a couple minutes longer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the goat cheese and pine nuts and stir gently to distribute, cooking a couple minutes longer to lightly toast the nuts.