Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Fagiolini al Burro #recipe by @Leslie Karst

The first time I tasted fagiolini al burro, aka green beans drowning in butter (as they seemed to me at the time) was many years ago in Italy, and from that first bite I was smitten.

If you happen to have planted green beans this summer, chances are you are overrun with them right about now (as am I), and this is a simple and delicious way to prepare the lovely vegetables. The Italians don’t always include garlic, but I say you can never have too much garlic, right?

Fagiolini al Burro

(serves 4)


1 lb. green beans (or more, if you want large servings)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2-4 cloves garlic (depending on how garlicky you like your beans)

1 tablespoon butter

salt and pepper to taste


De-string the beans and remove the stems, if necessary. If they’re small haricots verts, no need to cut them, but if they’re large green beans, you may want to cut them into bite-size pieces. Your choice.

Peel and mince the garlic.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat till shimmering, then add the beans and stir to coat with the oil.

Cook the beans till they’re almost done, tossing/stirring them to prevent them from burning, then add the garlic and toss again.

Once the garlic has browned, which should take only a minute or two (don’t let it burn!), add the butter and toss again.

As soon as the butter has melted and coated all the beans, season the dish to taste with salt and pepper.

Buon appetito!

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The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts—ideal ingredients for a mystery story. Putting this early education to good use, she now writes the Lefty Award-nominated Sally Solari Mysteries, a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California. 
An ex-lawyer like her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts. She and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.

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Praise for Leslie's most recent Sally Solari mystery, the Lefty Award-nominated MURDER FROM SCRATCH:

“Karst seasons her writing with an accurate insider’s view of restaurant operation, as well as a tenderness in the way she treats family, death and Sally’s reactions to Evelyn’s blindness.”

Ellery Queen Magazine (featured pick)

All four Sally Solari Mysteries are available through AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Bookshop.


Dying for a TasteA Measure of Murder, and Murder from Scratch are also available as AUDIOBOOKS from Audible!