Green Beans with Almonds and Goat Cheese Recipe

Green Beans with Almonds and Goat Cheese

Yield: 4 servings

Time: 30 minutes

Judias Verdes con Almendras y Queso de Cabra is a Spanish vegetable recipe worthwhile trying. A great side dish or, on its own, an excellent vegetable choice. I never forget to add a healthy dose of my best extra virgin olive oil and some lemon juice drizzle before serving. It makes all the difference. It travels well and tastes great warm or at room temperature.


  • 1 1/2 lbs (675 g) young green beans, cut in the middle if too long
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup (45 g) sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Spanish smoked paprika
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • lemon juice to taste


Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add salt. Blanch green beans for about 2 minutes. Drain beans and cool them under running water. Drain again and spread beans on paper towels to absorb residual water.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small saucepan. Add garlic and almonds. Cook until garlic and almonds begin to color, about 2-3 minutes.  Stir in half of the goat cheese. Season with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix beans gently under the almonds-goat cheese mix. Pour beans into a prepared dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and dot it with remaining goat cheese and the 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until goat cheese starts to melt and green beans are “al dente”.

Just before serving drizzle lemon juice on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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