Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Ease of Preparation: Easy


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound French green beans
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 large lemon, plus 1 lemon wedge for serving
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


In a large pot of boiling water, add a generous amount of salt and the green beans. Cook until the beans are crisp tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and add the beans to a large bowl of water and ice to stop the cooking. Let cool completely and then drain and pat dry with a paper towel.

In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta with the lemon zest and juice and season with salt.

Heat a large skillet with the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the shallot and garlic and saute until fragrant, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Add the green beans, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

Smear the ricotta mixture on the bottom of a serving dish or platter, then top with the green beans and finish with a squeeze of juice from the lemon wedge.

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