Charred Yellow Wax Beans with Basil

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During the summer, when basil is at it’s best, I like to throw fistfuls of it into all sorts of dishes. That’s how this Charred Yellow Wax Beans with Basil dish was born.

Charred Yellow Wax Beans with Basil

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Charred Yellow Wax Beans with Basil

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 pound yellow wax beans (trimmed)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced shallots (lightly packed)
  • 3-4 clove garlic (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • 2-3 cup whole fresh basil leaves (lightly packed)

Directions

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch or larger cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet. Add the wax beans, and cook them in as close to a single layer as possible, tossing occasionally until beginning to soften, about 1 minute. Add the shallots and garlic, and cook, tossing only as needed (not too often) until the beans are nicely charred, about 4-5 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the lemon juice, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt. Cook until the beans are just tender, while still retaining a bite, about 2 minutes more.

Stir in the basil leaves until just wilted. Transfer to a platter and serve.