Charred Green Beans

You may be thinking this does not look or sound that exciting but you would be so very wrong. The green beans are tossed with red bell pepper strips and olive oil and charred under a broiler for a few minutes. Then, whole milk ricotta is whipped in a mixer with infused olive oil and lemon until it becomes creamy and fluffy. A bite of soft lemon and herb ricotta with the blackened green beans and sweet bell pepper is nothing short of magic. You do not have to admit to anyone how easy this delectable side dish is to prepare.

Charred Green Beans and Bell Pepper over Whipped Ricotta


1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed

1-2 whole red bell peppers, sliced into strips

2 cups whole-milk ricotta

Olive oil (I like to use a mix of regular EVOO and infused olive oil in this recipe. For the infused oil, I have both purchased basil-infused olive oil and made my own garlic-infused olive oil - and both are delicious in this recipe)

Kosher salt