String Beans with Roasted Almonds and Romano Cheese

String Beans with Roasted Almonds and Romano Cheese

String beans are definitely my favorite vegetable, and this is one of my favorite ways to prepare them. The combination of the almonds, the garlic, and the cheese is really wonderful. I like to use haricot verts, but if you cant find them, use the thinnest green beans available.

makes six servings

1 pound string beans or haricot verts
1/2 cup coarsely chopped, roasted almonds ( place on a  baking sheet in a  350 degree oven for 15 minutes )
1/2 cup coarsely grated fresh Locatelli Romano cheese
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons minced garlic
freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large saucepan of cold water to a boil. Add the beans, and cook until crisp-tender, 1-2 minutes for haricot vert, 3-4 minutes for green beans. Remove from the heat, drain, and rinse under cold water. Return to the saucepan with the remaining ingredients, and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted, and the ingredients are well blended, 3-4 minutes.