Yummy Garden String Bean Recipes To Try

These easy and delicious family recipes use fresh garden string beans. Give one or both a try!

When Pasquale Mattei left his native Italy, he brought, amongst his few possessions, a small jar full of dried string beans. These beans were both a piece of his past as well as a part of his future. In Italy, his family had grown them, and in his new home, across the ocean in a small backyard in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, they would help sustain his wife and nine children.

Seed saving reinforces the core reasons to garden—self-reliance, connecting with the earth, and the deeply satisfying wonderment of watching nature at work. It can also create memories, family traditions, and some delicious recipes, like the two below which have been passed down from the Mattei family.

These easy and delicious family recipes use fresh string beans from your garden or farmers’ market. Give one or both a try!

Italian Potato and String Bean Salad 

Vegetarian cuisine - Green Beans

Italian Potato and String Bean Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 3 lbs. peeled potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups string beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3  cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  cup red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons salt


  • Directions:
    In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water with 2 teaspoons salt to a boil and add potatoes. Return to a boil and cook for five minutes. Add string beans and boil for 10-15 minutes more or until potatoes are just barely done. Immediately strain and refrigerate uncovered in a large bowl for 20-30 minutes, or until potatoes are cool enough to handle. Add olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper and toss together. Tossing gently by hand is best to make sure everything is evenly coated without breaking the potatoes too much. Refrigerate covered for at least one hour or up to overnight before serving. Makes 6 servings.
Keyword italian potato and string bean salad

Italian Beef Stew

Stew - Beef

Italian Beef Stew

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 1-½ lbs. beef chuck, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-½ lbs. peeled potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cups fresh string beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon  extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon  oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups water


  • Directions:
    Cut beef into 2-inch cubes and season with salt and pepper. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil on medium-high. Working in small batches, sear the beef. Remove beef and turn down the heat to medium. Add olive oil, onions, garlic, bay leaves, and salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent, 3-5 minutes. Return beef to pot, add tomato paste, water, and oregano. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. Add string beans, and simmer 15 minutes more. Add potatoes, and simmer 20 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through. Adjust seasoning if needed and serve with crusty Italian bread. Makes 6 servings.
Keyword Italian Beef Stew, Italian Beef Stew Recipe
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Butch Mockler

Butch Mockler is a New Jersey native now living in Southern Maine with his wife and son (and hound dog). He’s a woodworker by trade, a writer in his spare time and an avid fisherman and bow hunter. He also comes from a long line of fine Italian home cooks, and has discovered a new passion in gardening and homesteading. His article, Small Space Gardening Ideas, appears in the 2019 Farmers' Almanac.

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