We love green beans but it seems like the only way we get to eat them is the Armenian way with tomato sauce made by the mother-in-law. Which is great, but can't we do something interesting ourselves? Supermarkets make it easy to use them these days with already washed and trimmed beans, but some imagination is required to do more than serve them boiled or steamed with olive oil and almond slivers, the widespread recipe they are subject to on this side of the Atlantic.
"In padella" meaning "in the pan" is an Italian approach to spicing up otherwise boring leafy greens, usually (boring, that is). After appropriately cooking the greens, one sautes them in "aglio olio e pepperoncino", namely garlic and good olive oil and then some (hot) red pepper flakes. Of course this green bean dish (we aimed for 3 eaters including Isgouhi) needs some color so bob diced up 4 baby red and orange sweet peppers to saute with a shallot in olive oil, then pressed 2 large garlic cloves to add with the green beans, and finally some pine nuts which are the Italian stand-in for the more traditional almond slivers. The end result is visually attractive, as well as delicious to actually eat.
[Confession: ms ani did most of the hands-on work here after bob trimmed the ends of the not quite recipe ready beans and readied the peppers and garlic.]