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Elegant, crunchy runner beans may need de-stringing before you cook them – run a peeler along the sides to remove the strings. They're delicious simmered for 15 minutes and served simply with butter and salt. Or try these other quick ideas. "


  • Runner beans
  • Onions
  • Bacon
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon


  1. Cook simply. Boil for 3-4 minutes, until just tender but with a squeak to them. Drain, refresh in cold water, drain again. This will keep the colour bright green. Reheat gently in a little butter or olive oil and season. Add a squeeze of lemon if you like.
  2. Runners with bacon - serves 4. Slice 400g runner beans. Boil for 3-4 minutes until just tender. Drain, refresh in cold water, drain again.Gently cook an onion in a little oil until soft. Remove from the pan, add more oil if needed and fry 4 slices chopped smoked streaky bacon until crispy. Add the onion and beans to the pan and warm through.
  3. Pesto beans - serves 4. Toss 400g cooked sliced runners in a tablespoons or two of Riverford pesto.
  4. Got a glut? Try the runner bean chutney recipe on our website.
want to cook with fresh ingredients? try one of our award winning veg boxes