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Mario Batali’s Green Beans (Fagiolini in Padella) - A simple, fantastic way to prepare fresh green beans.

Last week, we found ourselves with quite a large crop of green beans from our garden! So of course, we decided to make and share a favorite recipe here on A Family Feast. Today’s recipe is Mario Batali’s Green Beans – or as the celebrity chef calls this recipe: Fagiolini in Padella.

Fagiolini in Padella simply means “green beans in the pan” in Italian, and the name is a nod to the cooking method use in this recipe. (But it sounds so much better in Italian, doesn’t it?!)

Mario Batali’s Green Beans (Fagiolini in Padella) - A simple, fantastic way to prepare fresh green beans.

Fresh beans are sautéed until tender in extra virgin olive oil, finely sliced red onion, garlic, red pepper flakes and finely chopped mint, then finished with salt and freshly ground pepper. We love the simplicity of this dish, and the mint and red pepper flakes are both surprisingly delicious with the green beans and caramelized onions!

We’ve made this recipe since discovering it here. In our version, we did cut back on the amount of olive oil used to sauté the beans, and we reduced the amount of red pepper flakes so that there is just a hint of heat as you eat this wonderful dish. (But feel free to add more red pepper flakes if you’d like more heat!)


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Mario Batali’s Green Beans (Fagiolini in Padella)

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (approximately 0.5 ounces)
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin slices (approximately 4 ounces)
  • ½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (or up to 1 teaspoon if you like it spicier)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 pound green beans, tops removed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. In a large skillet with a cover, heat the olive oil over medium heat until the oil just starts to smoke.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, and mint and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the beans and toss to coat. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes or until green beans are tender but not mushy.
  4. Remove skillet from the heat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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  • heather | girlichef wrote:

    I love the simplicity of this beautiful side dish (and yes, it totally sounds better in Italian…but hey, what doesn’t!?). 🙂

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious wrote:

    I dont’ cook with mint very often. I bet it adds really nice touch to these beans.

    • Martha wrote:

      It does Lauren! It’s not a noticeably ‘minty’ flavor – but it adds a little extra ‘something’ to the beans that is very delicious!

  • Kim wrote:

    I have a black thumb, my mom however does not! She gave me this giant thing of green beans and I am so making this with them!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    I would seriously grow green beans just to make a Mario Batali recipe. 🙂

  • brenda@sugarfreemom wrote:

    Although my garden has a fenc, something is eating my lettuce, basil, parsley and soon to get my green beans. I’m heading out now to go harvest before he gets them! This looks simple and delish!

  • claire @the realistic nutritionist wrote:

    Wow, these look fantastic!!

  • Tasha @thatssoyummy wrote:

    These green beans would make my kids eat them even more.. They look absolutely terrific!

  • Paula – bell’alimento wrote:

    Yep pretty much everything sounds better in Italian ; )

    • Martha wrote:

      That is sooo true Paula! 🙂

  • Carolyn wrote:

    Those might be the prettiest green beans I’ve ever seen!

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