Lemon White Wine Green Beans and Mushrooms

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Buttery Lemon Green Beans and Mushrooms are an easy vegetable side dish with the fresh, crisp flavor of white wine and citrus. This began as a family-favorite holiday recipe, but it is so quick and simple you can even enjoy it with a fast weeknight meal.

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My family all used to live very close together, getting togethe ron a regular basis as well as for every holiday. Now that we live in different places and have very busy lives, we only get together for some of those special occasions or holidays. But wheever we do see each other, there is always a special meal involved.

Growing up, every Christmas Eve meant a pierogies and mashed potatoes carb fest. Along with a variety of Snickerdoodles and Snowballs and other cookies, for good measure.

But we did manage to sneak in some veggies, in the form of a side dish which we simply call green beans and mushrooms. Mushrooms sautéed with butter and onions, then mixed with steamed green beans.

So I thought I would “fancy it up” a bit with the addition of some light, citrusy white wine, and a little lemon and thyme.

Finished green beans and mushrooms recipe in a serving bowl

Green Beans in Lemon Butter White Wine Sauce

The flavor of lemon white wine sauce is so refreshing, balancing and lightening the earthy flavor of the mushrooms. In fact, though this is a new twist on our Christmas Eve favorite, the lighter flavor means it can also pair well with spring and summer meals, as well. It is full of flavor, but with a crispness that keeps it from being too dominating.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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What You’ll Need

  • Fresh green beans – washed and ends snapped off.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Onion – finely chopped
  • Thyme – fresh or dried.
  • Mushrooms – wiped clean and sliced.
  • White wine – recommend Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio, though even a Moscato will work. Make sure it is something you would drink, not “cooking wine”.
  • Lemon juice – freshly squeezed is recommended.
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Steam green beans until slightly less done than you prefer.
  2. In a skillet, saute the onion and thyme in butter.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft.
  4. Pour in the white wine and lemon juice and reduce slightly.
  5. Add the green beans and toss to coat.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Buttery Lemon White Wine Green Beans and Mushrooms

A simple vegetable side dish of slightly buttery green beans and mushrooms, with crisp lemon and white wine to balance and lighten the flavors.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans, ends snapped off
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (half a stick)
  • 1 small to medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 oz. mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Place a steamer basket in a pot and add about an inch of water. Place the green beans o the basked and bring to a simmer.
  • Steam the green beans until they are just slightly underdone, as per your preference. Set aside.
  • In a large saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat, add the onion and thyme, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent.
  • Add the mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are soft.
  • Pour in the wine and lemon juice, allow to reduce for a minute or so, and then add the green beans, and stir to coat, coking until the green beans are heated through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Buttery Lemon White Wine Green Beans and Mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 774IU15%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

38 Comments
  1. Looks awesome, and so easy.I was instantly drawn to the food, I am not sure what that says about me. The green been with white wine is a great combo..thanks for the info. Such an interesting flavor.

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  3. I want to make this…perfect side: simple, but very elegant! My mother is a very basic eater, so in my house? It was green beans seasoned with garlic salt…my Mom wouldn’t have even added mushrooms to the mix. My sister and I are still trying to figure out where our foodie souls came from :lol:!

  4. Green beans are my absolute favorite bean. I will eat them any way and I can’t wait to try your recipe along with the alternate of using red wine for when serving with steak.

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