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Holiday Green Beans
with Pistachio Pesto

Holiday Green Beans

Holiday Green Beans with Pesto Pasta is a delightfully different side dish for the holidays.


  • 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) trimmed green beans, cut in 2 to 3 inch pieces, blanched*
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion (red, yellow or white)
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 2 roasted yellow or red bell peppers, peeled, seeded and cut in matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup Pistachio Pesto


  1. Heat oil in large nonstick sauté pan. Add onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until softened and just beginning to brown.
  2. Add bacon and cook one minute longer.
  3. Add beans and bell pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until beans are tender but still bright green.
  4. Crumble the pesto over the beans and toss evenly to distribute.
  5. Serve immediately.

Yield: 8 servings

* I used 1 24 ounce package TJ’s frozen green beans FYI – thawed but not blanched.

Nutrition Analysis for one serving Holiday Green Beans with Pistachio Pesto Calories 100, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6 g, Sat Fat 1 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 85 mg, Total Carbohydrate 10 g, Fiber 3 g, Sugar 5 g, Protein 3 g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 70%, Calcium 6%, Iron 6%

by Cheryl Forberg

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): American Pistachio Growers