Recipe for Potatoes and Green Beans

Recipe for Potatoes and Green Beans Overview

This recipe for potatoes and green beans has a lot of flexibility while retaining extreme flavor. You can use red potatoes and canned green beans and have this as a recipe for red potatoes and green beans. Or, you can use new potatoes and fresh green beans and have it as a recipe for new potatoes and fresh green beans. Regardless, this potatoes green beans recipe can be quite easily changed to fit many changing needs in your kitchen. You’ll easily learn the answer to “how do you cook green beans and potatoes”.

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Recipe for Potatoes and Green Beans

Jeff Baygents
This recipe for potatoes and green beans also contains some diced onions, celery, and carrots. It's a perfect side dish to complete all vegetable needs for any meal.
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Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 284kcal


  • 2 medium potatoes russet or adjust higher qty for red or new; peeled or unpeeled, cutup in 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 6 each baby carrots diced (or 1 regular carrot)
  • 1 tbsp oil for diced veggies
  • ½ lb green beans fresh
  • 1 tbsp oil for green beans
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp oil for final cooking
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded or grated


  • Rinse and cutup potatoes in about 1-inch size pieces. Rinse in a colander again and add to a pot of boiling water, covering all potatoes. Cook on a medium boil until done, usually in about 20 minutes.
    2 medium potatoes
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  • While potatoes are cooking: In a a preheated (medium heat) large frying pan or skillet, add in the diced onions, celery, and carrots and cook in about 1 tbsp. of oil. While diced veggies are cooking and being stirred, for about 5 minutes, prep the green beans.
    ¼ medium sweet onion, 1 stalk celery, 6 each baby carrots, 1 tbsp oil
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  • While veggies are cooking, rinse green beans (pinch off string ends, if needed). When veggies cook time is done, toss in the green beans, about 1 tbsp. of oil, and cook all for about 5 more minutes, turning as needed.
    ½ lb green beans, 1 tbsp oil
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  • When potatoes are tender and done, drain in a colander and add to skillet of other veggies. Add spices. Pour in about 2 tbsp. of oil and gently turn to intermix all vegetables, cooking for about 5 minutes.
    ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder, 2 tbsp oil, ¼ tsp basil
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  • Turn off heat. Sprinkle veggies top with parmesan cheese. Then, gently toss to mix all together and serve.
    ½ cup parmesan cheese
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Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 744IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 2mg


How to Alter this Recipe for Green Beans with Potatoes

Recipe for red potatoes and green beans

If you use red potatoes, you’ll need to increase the amount of potatoes 3 times the amount called for. And, for paring typically small red potatoes, you can usually just cut them into 4 pieces each. If they’re the larger red potatoes (but still smaller than the usual Russet white potatoes), you might just use 2 times the amount called for. Those will probably be cut into 6 pieces each. And, you usually don’t peel these red potatoes for this recipe.

Recipe for new potatoes and fresh green beans

If you are using new potatoes, these are commonly small at about 2-inches in diameter. You’ll need to decide if you should use about 3 times the amount called for. They’ll be typically cut into about 4 pieces and remain unpeeled.

FAQ for Recipe for Potatoes and Green Beans

Can I use something different from fresh green beans, like canned or frozen?

For canned green beans, it will work perfectly fine. You’ll use just one can, drained, and follow the recipe the same after dumping them in the pan to cook. For a change of pace, you can use French-style cut green beans as well.

For fresh green beans, most of the time they have that little string or stem on at least one end of each bean. With practice, you can snap it off or pierce it off with your finger or cut it with a knife. With this small amount, it doesn’t take very long. Because it’s a fresh bunch of green beans, you’ll want to ensure you do rinse them off and then give a quick shake to get rid of the bulk of the water droplets.

For frozen green beans, the results will vary. Some can be thawed out and used with good results. Others, might result in being too wilted when thawed. You’ll just want to take a mental note of which brand does well for future considerations in your dishes such as this one.

Can I run some cold water over the colander drained, cooked potatoes?

This is not recommended. If unpeeled, the skins will begin to separate. Also, they need to remain hot so it doesn’t cool down the cooking veggies you’re about to add them to. And, the potatoes tend to become a little bit more mushy when this is done.

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About Green Beans

Here are some seasonal times, storage, tips, and nutritional values for green beans from the FCS Extension of the University of Kentucky.

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