Green beans in tomato sauce are a traditional side dish from the Puglia. They are very easy to make and extremely tasty. I am not fond of green beans, so for many years, I have avoided buying them. However, their nutritional benefits are so significant that it was a shame not to introduce them into our diet. Furthermore, my 8-year-old daughter, Carys, hated them, because at school they serve green beans plain boiled or steamed. No seasoning. Then I remember one of my aunts, who was from Puglia. We didn’t stay for dinner often, but when we did, she used to prepare these delicious specialities, and we all just sat there stuffing our face in silence. And one of those specialities were the green beans in tomato sauce! A couple of phone calls and I got my beautiful new recipe. And when I served it, my daughter at first protested, but after the first reluctant bite, she ate everything and asked for more. I now often prepare green beans in tomato sauce, and they are my kids’ favourite.
Ingredient for 4 portions:
500 gr of green beans
250 gr of chopped tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp of chopped parsley
A pinch of crushed chilli pepper
salt to taste
- To prepare your green beans in tomato sauce, firstly wash the green beans under running cold water and clean them by removing both ends (top and tail). Then cook them for 15 minutes in salted boiling water.
- Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce: in a large saucepan, gently heat the extra virgin olive oil, add the crushed garlic and the chilli, and cook at very low heat until the garlic turns a light golden colour. Add the tomatoes, raise the heat to medium, and cook for 10 minutes.
- Drain the green beans and add them to the tomato sauce. Season to taste and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle your green beans in tomato sauce with some chopped parsley and serve immediately. They are un excellent side to both fish or meat and can be also used as at tasty and different pasta sauce.