Makes 4 servings. Difficulty
3 Tablespoons pine nuts 1 lb. green beans, trimmed 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place the pine nuts in a dry skillet and cook over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, for about 2 minutes or until they are golden in spots. (Be sure to watch them carefully so they don’t burn.) Transfer the pine nuts to a plate and let cool.
Bring a shallow pan of water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender. Drain. Return the beans to the pan and add the butter and garlic; sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the fresh basil and adjust seasonings to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from heat and serve.