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Arugula Pesto Snap Beans

Fresh spring snap beans are boiled and covered with flavorful arugula-almond pesto in this recipe from "Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen."

  • servings: 8




  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 2 pounds snap beans, stem ends removed
  • 1/2 cup Arugula Pesto
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 handfuls baby arugula (about 6 cups), washed and drained
  • 1 cup (3 ounces) freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Step 1

    Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add salt and return to a boil. Prepare an ice-water bath and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Add beans to boiling water and cook until bright in color and barely tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to ice-water bath to cool. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel; transfer to refrigerator until chilled, up to 2 hours.

  3. Step 3

    In a medium bowl, whisk together pesto and olive oil until well combined. Place beans in a large bowl, along with arugula and 1/2 cup cheese; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add pesto-olive oil mixture and gently stir just once to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and serve at room temperature or store in an airtight container, refrigerated, until ready to serve, up to 1 day.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2011



Reviews (1)

  • 22 Jun, 2011

    Made this for a cook out tonight for the summer solstice and it was perfect! Healthy and delicious. I split the recipe in half and made part with cheese and the other part without for my vegan friends. It's still really good without cheese, and even better with. I also didn't see baby arugula at the store, so I just used regular arugula and it turned out fine. I'm looking forward to trying the leftover pesto sauce with some pasta! I will definitely make this recipe again!