Garlicky Green Bean Pasta

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Garlicky Green Bean Pasta

Sautéed garlic, good olive oil, a generous pinch of red pepper flakes, and tender green beans combine with strands of spaghetti for an easy weeknight pasta dish. 5 ingredient garlicky green bean pasta is simple, but packs a lot of flavor.


Serves 4

  • 8 oz. Spaghetti (Gluten-Free or Regular work!)

  • ¼ Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

  • 3 Cloves Garlic, peeled and very thinly sliced

  • Red Chili Flakes, a few pinches to taste

  • 6 oz. Green Beans, frenched*

  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

  • Freshly Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese, optional for topping


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and generous salt the water before adding your spaghetti. Cook to al dente according to the package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 ½ cups of pasta water.

  2. When your pasta is almost finished cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil, garlic, and chili flakes. Allow the garlic and chili flakes to gently cook and sizzle for about 1 minute and then add in the green beans and cook for another minute or so on low heat. Add in ¾ cup of pasta water to continue cooking the green beans and take the bite out of the garlic while creating a luxurious sauce. Season the mixture well with salt and pepper.

  3. Toss in your cooked pasta add more pasta water if necessary to thin out the sauce.

  4. Pile the pasta onto serving dishes and garnish with grated cheese if desired and a nice drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Enjoy!