Serves 4 as a side dish

  • 400g green beans, stem ends trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons chicken stock or veg stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed but not peeled
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • lemon zest for serving
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (optional)
  1. Combine the beans, butter, chicken stock, and garlic cloves in a large sauté pan or small flameproof casserole.
  2. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cover the pot, place over medium-high heat, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring gently from time to time and adjusting the heat as necessary to cook at a steady simmer.
  4. The beans should be cooked through but not mushy. Serve, sprinkled with lemon zest and parmesan!