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Lemon Olive Oil Pasta with Green Beans

Nisha Vora
A bright and refreshing lemon olive oil pasta that couldn't be simpler! It's easy to customize with your favorite vegetable, fresh herbs, or proteins and will be on the dinner table in no time.
5 from 67 votes
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 to 3


  • 8 ounces 227g pasta of choice
  • ½ pound French green beans cut into 1-inch pieces*
  • 1/4 cup 56g Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 scallions sliced thinly**
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes I use ½ teaspoon
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest plus more for the end
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup 32g walnuts, finely chopped
  • Freshly cracked black pepper


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta, but don’t use too much water (you want the pasta water to be starchy). For 8 ounces of pasta, I recommend 6 ½ to 7 cups of water (1.5-1.7 L). once the water is nearly boiling, add a generous amount of salt (2 to 3 teaspoons kosher salt).
  • Add the pasta and set a time for 2 minutes before the al dente cooking time listed on the package. Once the timer goes off, ladle out about ½ cup of pasta water and add the green beans to the pot. Cook for the remaining 2 minutes, until the pasta is al dente and the beans crisp-tender. Drain the pasta and beans.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a 12-inch sauté pan over medium heat. Once warmed, add the green onions and garlic. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the garlic is just golden, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Add the red pepper flakes and ¾ teaspoon kosher salt and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the pasta water to the pan and whisk to combine. Add in the hot cooked pasta and green beans, lemon zest, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice, tossing to combine with tongs. Add a bit more pasta water, as needed to bring the sauce together. Taste, adding more of the lemon juice as needed.
  • Finish with the chopped walnuts and season with salt and pepper to taste, and add more lemon zest as desired.


* You can also use regular green beans, asparagus, snap peas, or broccoli. To use asparagus, cut them in the same 1-inch pieces. For snap peas, if large, cut in half; otherwise, keep whole. For broccoli, cut into small bite-sized florets.
** The dark green tops have a more pungent onion flavor and are often discarded, but if you like that flavor, keep them to minimize food waste. Just trim off the top ½ to 1 inch, or any bruised areas.
Keyword 20-minute, pasta, soy-free
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