Jean Cooper's String Beans


This recipe comes to us from Martha Stewart Living TV facility manager Lynn Goodwin; it was passed down to her by her grandmother, Jean Cooper.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 sweet onion, cut into small dice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound string beans, washed and trimmed

  • ½ cup water

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, and cook, stirring occasionally until edges begin to turn golden, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Transfer to pressure cooker.

  2. Add string beans and water. Season with salt and pepper. Place the cooker over medium-high heat. Cook for 1 minute, following manufacturer's instructions for cooking fresh beans. When beans are done, follow manufacturer's instructions for releasing pressure. Remove string beans from cooker. Taste, and adjust for seasoning. Serve immediately.

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