Carbonara-style runner beans

For a delicious side dish, Gary Rhodes combines a classic Italian cream and bacon sauce with fresh beans from Hawarden Estate Farm Shop
By Gary Rhodes
Carbonara-style runner beans
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 8 rashers bacon, finely diced
  • 300 g runner beans, finely sliced
  • 50 ml cream
  • freshly grated parmesan, to serve


1. Melt the butter in a heavy-based pan and add the shallots. Once they begin to soften, add the bacon and cook for a few minutes on a low heat.

2. While the bacon is cooking, bring a separate pan of salted water to the boil and add the beans.

3. Stir the cream into the shallot and bacon mixture and season with a little freshly ground black pepper.

4. When the beans are tender, drain them quickly and add them to the creamy sauce.

5. To serve, sprinkle the dish with grated parmesan.

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