Recipe: Feast of St. Joseph’s Blessed Breaded Beans

This fresh twist of flavors is perfect for the March 19 Feast Day--enjoy!

Caio! Mi chiamo Rachel Margherita Vadaj. Benvenuto a mia cucina per Rachel’s Recipies.

Hi, my name is Rachel Margherita Vadaj. Welcome to my kitchen for Rachel’s Recipes!

Before we get cooking, I’d like to introduce myself.

I reside in a Northeast Ohio township near Cleveland, Ohio, but my family has deep Italian roots.

The matriarch of our family is my mother’s mother, who I call Nana…or Nanie, sometimes Nansters when she’s feeling frisky. (OK, it should be nonna, but the nana nickname stuck in our family).

Nana is 100% Sicilian. Her parents and oldest sister were born in Sicily. They eventually came to America for a better life, bringing their heritage and culture with them.

Their customs and traditions were passed down to my Nana, and then she passed them down to me.

Now, I would like to share them with you!

The first recipe I will show you is in honor of the Feast of St. Joseph, or La Festa di San Giuseppe.

The feast dates back to the Middle Ages in Sicily. During an extensive drought, Sicilians prayed to their patron saint, St. Joseph, for rain, promising to throw a celebration after.

Spoiler alert: their prayers were answered.

Traditionally, recipes celebrating the day use Fava beans and breadcrumbs.

The Fava bean was chosen for the feast because it thrives after rainfall. It has since become a blessed token to take home after the feast and pray to St. Joseph with.

However, since those may not be available in your local store, I’ve substituted them for the more common green bean.

The breadcrumbs resemble sawdust to represent Joseph’s life as a carpenter.

I’ve combined these two ideas into one recipe I like to call Feast of St. Joseph Blessed Breaded Beans.

These can be served as an appetizer or a side.

They’re nothing like the steamed cafeteria-style green bean many dislike (including myself), which means these can be a delicious & nutritious way to get in more veggies (especially for kids)!


1 lb. Fresh green beans

2 tbsp. Olive oil

3 tbsp. Breadcrumbs

2 tbsp. Grated Pecorino Romano

2 tsp. Basil

1 tsp. Italian Seasoning blend

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Pepper


1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2.) Trim green bean ends

3.) Place clean green beans in large mixing bowl

4.) Coat green beans in olive oil. Toss around until each bean is covered.

5.) Sprinkle remaining ingredients over green beans. Toss around until each bean is coated.

7.) Spread beans out on greased or nonstick baking sheet.

6.) Take a spoon to gather the remaining breadcrumb mixture and place it on top of the beans on the baking sheet.

7.) Put beans in the oven for 12 minutes.

8.) Let cool for 2 minutes out of the oven.

9.) Feast away!


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