Garlicky Italian Green Beans and Potatoes #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on March 16, 2014

Garlicky Italian Green Beans and Potoates #SundaySupper | Webicurean

I grew up in one of those meat-and-potatoes households and as a child found myself fascinated with the old Hidden Valley Ranch commercials. Could snacking on veggies be that fun?! As you might imagine, greens were hardly in my vocabulary back then, so when my buddy DB over at Crazy Foodie Stunts said he was hosting an Eat Your Greens #SundaySupper, exactly two  dishes came to mind–broccoli cheese casserole and Italian green beans with potatoes. That’s normal, right? Old habits die hard.

I’m sometimes haunted by that broccoli cheese casserole, too. How did I do it? Broccoli swimming in gobs of Velveeta cheese, then topped with Ritz crackers that had been sautéed in butter. Fortunately, it’s lost its appeal since then. But these green beans, however, are a treat that survived the years, perhaps my second favorite childhood “green” dish behind the stick-to-your-gut-artery-clogging broccoli.

Italian green beans, or Romano beans, are a flat snap bean and are mostly available during the summer months. Finding fresh ones can be a challenge, but it’s one green bean that most grocery stores stock in the freezer section. This particular recipe is an old Italian dish that my grandmother as well as my mother used to make. It may not be the prettiest dish on the table, but it’s certainly got great flavor between the garlic and the vinegar. It’s really like a warm potato salad and is best, in fact, when served warm or at room temperature.

Dig in!

Garlicky Italian Green Beans and Potoates #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Get a large pot of salted water going on the stove. While waiting for that to boil, wash, peel, and cut the potatoes into bite-sized chunks.

Garlicky Italian Green Beans and Potoates #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes and green beans, cooking for 12-15 minutes, or until the desired level of doneness is reached.

Garlicky Italian Green Beans and Potoates #SundaySupper | Webicurean

I tend to cook them on the longer side, as I like the potatoes to mash up a bit in the dish. I think they carry the vinegar better this way.

Garlicky Italian Green Beans and Potoates #SundaySupper | Webicurean

These worked really well with that baked corned beef hovering in the background.

Here’s the printer-friendly version:

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Garlicky Italian Green Beans and Potatoes
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Italian Green Beans are boiled with potatoes then tossed with a garlic vinaigrette, making a delicious warm potato salad.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 lb frozen Italian green beans
  • 3 smallish Russet potatoes (about 1½ lbs)
  • 1½ tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • several twists of a pepper mill
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Wash and peel the potatoes, then cut into bite-sized pieces. Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes and the green beans.
  3. Leave pot on high, and continue to cook an additional 12-15 minutes, depending on desired level of doneness.
  4. Drain the potatoes/beans, then transfer to a bowl. Toss with the vinegar first, then toss in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Serve hot or warm.


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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Manu March 16, 2014 at 1:58 am

I would love to have some of these beans and potatoes with my dinner! Delicious looking recipe! 🙂


Liz March 16, 2014 at 3:55 am

Now this is my kind of potato salad! And perfect accompaniment for corned beef!!!


Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) March 16, 2014 at 5:11 am

ok, thanks to you I’m now craving that old broccoli and velvetta casserole. You have to admit it was really delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had Italian green beans. I’m hoping I can find them in my freezer section. Your salad looks wonderful! Nice cooking with you for Sunday Supper.


Anne Papina March 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Yes, that velveeta broccoli cheese casserole was delicious! I’m afraid if I try it again, I’ll go on a broccoli cheese bender!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen March 16, 2014 at 5:28 am

The perfect side dish! Simply delicious!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 16, 2014 at 5:57 am

I never think of adding vegetables to my potatoes. I have to try this. I love the green bean addition!! Awesome recipe!


Jennifer B March 16, 2014 at 6:18 am

I love those simple, time honored recipes that are good any time. What a perfect dish!


Cindys Recipes and Writings March 16, 2014 at 6:39 am

A great simple salad. Love it!


Sarah March 16, 2014 at 6:46 am

Right up my alley, you give me garlic and potatoes? I’m in!


Betsy Cohen March 16, 2014 at 8:41 am

I can’t think of a more appropriate and/or appetizing dish for St. Patrick’s Day! Delish!!


Hezzi-D March 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

Hmmm… I like potatoes and green beans separately. I’ve never thought to put them together. Sounds great!


Shaina March 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

Putting “Garlickly” at the beginning of any recipe automatically makes it delicious


Bea March 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

These beans and potatoes have my name on them. Yum!!!


Shannon R March 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Yum. This looks like perfect comfort food.


Tracy March 17, 2014 at 1:40 am

I have never thought to put my beans and potatoes together – what a great recipe!


Alice // Hip Foodie Mom March 17, 2014 at 5:59 am

Garlicky Italian Green Beans and Potatoes?! yes, please!!! This dish looks fabulous!


MealDiva March 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

You had me at garlic! This would hit the spot right about now! Yum!


Christy March 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm

You had me at Ranch House. Ah, memories when food was simple and just needed to be drowned in Ranch House.

Love how you paired the mashed potatoes with the Green Beans, great idea!


Laura Hunter March 18, 2014 at 6:01 am

I love warm potato salads, this looks fantastic.


Laura Dembowski March 18, 2014 at 7:34 am

I love green beans and they are the perfect addition to this potato dish!


The Ninja Baker March 19, 2014 at 2:54 am

Funny how our tastes change…Although a Ritz Cracker with anything / anyway is pretty great =) And there is nothing like a family recipe. This garlicky potatoes and beans dish is perfect for my husband…and me! Thank you for generously sharing this family treasure.


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious March 19, 2014 at 6:52 am

I haven’t had that in a million years since my Italian mother made it for us growing up. Onto the menu it goes!


Anne Papina March 23, 2014 at 8:02 am

So your mom made this too? I always find it amazing to learn that others were served some of the same “odd” Italian dishes I had growing up! It’s as if we’re all connected somehow 😉


M Federici August 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

Thanks for posting this recipe – this is exactly the same salad my Italian grandmother and my aunt used to make and I have been craving it for ages!


Anne Papina August 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

Thanks for stopping by! For years I thought it was just something my mom threw together, so I love hearing how other families have enjoyed this dish too!


Lisa January 3, 2015 at 1:25 pm

This is so close to my moms warm Italian potato salad that I’ll try it (minus the vinegar). My mom boiled chicken for soup & threw in whole potatoes & carrots. When potatoes & carrots were fork tender she cut them up in a bowl with olive oil, garlic, chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, salt & pepper & tossed together. Beyond yum! I still make this for myself even though I haven’t my mom or dad here to enjoy with me. When I do make it I remember all the wonderful times I spent with my parents. Miss them each & everyday of my life.


Anne Papina January 6, 2015 at 8:25 am

Hi Lisa–That sounds wonderful! I love hearing how other families had similar recipes. I know the best potato salad I ever had started with potatoes that had been boiled with a chicken–what a difference that makes! The olive oil, garlic, parsley, S&P seems to be a standard–my mother also made a bean salad with kidney beans and chickpeas dressed the same way (with a little vinegar too) … another one of my favorite salads! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!


Pam January 16, 2018 at 6:58 pm

I can’t believe I finally found someone else who had these and makes them. I love this dish and my grandma use to make it all the time. Delish.


Anne Papina January 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm

That’s awesome! Are we the only 2?!


Jen @ Keto Recipes January 30, 2018 at 7:05 am

Nutritious and delicious salad for a healthy living. Love this 🙂


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