Balsamic Yellow Beans

Balsamic Yellow Beans

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total: 15 min
  • Serving: 4
The dark drizzle of balsamic syrup enriches the most mundane of dishes. Its deep flavor pairs well with these crisp-tender yellow beans.


  • 1 ¼ pound yellow (or green) wax beans, ends trimmed
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Stir in the salt and sugar.
  3. Add the beans and boil until crisp tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Alternatively, place in a microwave-safe container with 2 tablespoons of water and microwave partially covered on HIGH for 2 to 3 minutes or until beans are crisp tender.
  5. Drain beans and dunk them in a bowl of cold water to halt cooking.
  6. Drain again and pat dry with paper towels.
  7. Place beans on a large serving plate.
  8. Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  9. Boil until the vinegar has reduced to about a ¼ cup and thickened to a shiny syrup.
  10. Quickly remove from heat and drizzle over the beans. The syrup may thicken as it cools.
  11. To thin for a pouring consistency, add a tablespoon of hot water and stir.

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