Classic Buttered Green Beans

It's tough to beat a classic — especially when all you need to make it is green beans, salt, pepper, butter and some sweet, oniony shallots.

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Serving size: 6
Calories per serving: 161

kosher salt
2 pounds green beans, trimmed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 medium shallots, sliced
freshly ground pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water; generously salt the water.

Add the green beans to the boiling water and cook until bright green and just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and transfer to the ice water to cool completely. Drain again and transfer to a paper towel–lined baking sheet; pat dry.

Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large wide pot over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, season with salt and cook, stirring, until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the green beans to the pot; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until hot, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon water and the remaining 1 tablespoon butter; stir to coat.


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