Spicy Green Beans and Chard

Spicy Green Beans and Chard

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Let me just start by saying this side dish sits modestly on your plate. Green beans and chard doesn’t sound like much but heavens gracious it is unbelievably good. Fresh green beans, green chard, a touch of butter, salt and pepper, and fresh parmesan cheese crumbled all over the top, good golly! A few crushed red pepper flakes also add a subtle spicy touch. There was no point in trying to serve this on our plates. My family couldn’t keep their forks out of the serving dish. It honestly never made it to the table.

Green beans and chard cooks in 7 minutes. The beans and chard are perfectly tender. Not too soft, not too crunchy. This recipe goes well with chicken, fish, beef, pork, or on it’s own. I could eat a bowl right this second for lunch.

Let’s eat!🤍

Spicy Green Beans and Chard

Spicy green beans and chard are the perfect side to just about anything. Tender beans and greens dressed with butter, salt, pepper, a little heat from red pepper flakes, and fresh parmesan cheese crumbled all over the top.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 130 kcal


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 bundle of green chard, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, in bite size chunks


  • In medium sauce pan with lid add water, beans first, then chard on top. Don't mix. Turn heat to high and place lid on. Bring to a boil then turn heat down to medium high and set the timer for 7 minutes. It should still be boiling.
    Remove from heat and drain any extra liquid.
    Add the melted butter, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently mix everything together. Serve and add crumbled parmesan over the top.


Additional toppings –
Add thinly sliced almonds or pine nuts for a little crunch. 
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice really brightens the flavor.
If you love herbs, fresh parsley, rosemary or even thyme is perfect with the beans. A little goes a long way. 
Drizzle on Nonna Pia’s balsamic glaze. This stuff is gold in a bottle. 
Keyword Butter, green beans, green chard, spicy

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