Simple Green Beans with Pecans & Gorgonzola or Bleu Cheese

For times when you’re looking to dress up a meal, these simple green beans, tossed with a bit of Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese are perfect. Tossed with the hot beans, the cheese melts a bit into a creamy sauce and the Pecans add a bit of crunch and interest. Best part: it takes practically no time at all.

Green Beans with Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola
Green Beans with Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola

While I think there is nothing better in the world than a perfectly cooked green bean with a touch of butter, sometimes a little dress up is needed – Impress company with this simple little trick, or just make it when you want some bold flavors to spark up a meal or stand up to something hearty. Nuts contain healthy oils, and I try to work them into recipes whenever I can.

You can vary cheeses or nuts as desired, and if I want to go really all out for a holiday meal (especially if I already have them on hand) I’ll just use some of my Candied Pecans in this. I often serve this dish when I’m serving a simple main dish like a sautéed chicken breast, and these are great with a hamburger, like my Da Bomb Oven Roasted Hamburgers.

Green Beans with Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola
Green Beans with Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola

Green Beans with Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans, see note

Bring green beans and water to a boil in a large skillet. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the beans are just tender, 3 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the water has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes more. If beans are done before water is gone, drain.

Add blue cheese and toss until well coated.Salt and pepper to taste; blue cheese may be salty. Turn into a bowl. Sprinkle pecans over the top

note: to toast chopped or sliced nuts, stir constantly in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10 g 16 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 14 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 8 mg 3 %
Sodium 236 mg 10 %
Potassium 268 mg 8 %
Total Carbohydrate 10 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 16 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 5 g 11 %
Vitamin A 18 %
Vitamin C 23 %
Calcium 11 %
Iron 8 %
Don't toss ends or tips - use them in your Green Smoothies - even the little bit of stem is great fiber
Don’t toss ends or tips – use them in your Green Smoothies – even the little bit of stem is great fiber

Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:

  • Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
  • Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
  • Read Strategies Applied for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.

Put your own Spin on it:

  • Vary nuts and/or type of cheese.
  • Try this method on another vegetable.

Recipe made March 2014

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