Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

Here’s an easy and healthy vegetable side dish recipe.  Fresh green beans and tomatoes are in season, making this dish cheap and extra delicious. This vegetable side dish can be eaten hot or cold.  It is highly recommended that you use the lemon juice if you choose to eat this cold.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed, then cut into thirds
1 lb. ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
Juice of ½ lemon (optional)

  1. In a large frying pan over high heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil until golden.
  2. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the fresh green beans, tomatoes, sugar, and lemon juice (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add a small amount of water if necessary to cover the beans.  Simmer until the green beans are tender and the tomato sauce has reduced a bit, about 15-20 minutes.

Yield:  Serves 6

This recipe was adapted from The New Book of Middle Eastern Food

2 Responses to Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

  1. crankycheryl says:

    This sounds fabulous! Like a dish we used to eat at a beloved Greek restaurant.

    • Ann Williams says:

      There is a Greek food festival near my house that offers this side dish every year. It’s always quite popular and delicious, especially during the summer when the green beans are at their freshest.