Whenever I cook a meat dish like a steak or breaded meat in my kitchen, choosing the side dish is always a dilemma. That’s why today I show you how to make a recipe for fresh green beans in tomato sauce, in Mediterranean style, as a variant of the endless side dish from potatoes, pasta or rice.

I chose to make this recipe because you know that I like simple and quick recipes, but which are also tasty and healthy, but especially to the liking of the family. And green beans, which contain a series of antioxidants, are part of the family’s favourites and you will find them on our blog both in the form of green bean soup or green bean salad with garlic.

This recipe contains only a few ingredients and can be eaten both vegan or vegetarian and in combination with stewed meats. Let me show you what ingredients I used!

Ingredients

Because I will cook for four hungry people, I will use 650 g (1.5 lbs) of fresh green beans and a medium-sized yellow onion. If you don’t have fresh beans, you can also use frozen or canned beans, no problem.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Fresh Green Beans

The strong aroma of tomatoes, because it is not their season, I will give it by adding a spoonful of tomato paste that will sweeten the dish a little.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Onion and Tomato Puree

The last ingredient is the tomato sauce from which we need about 200 ml (1/2 can), I will use a sauce flavoured with herbs, with a pleasant Mediterranean taste. If you can’t find something like this, use simple tomato sauce to which you can add a little oregano and some dried basil.

Preparing the Ingredients

Due to the fact that I chose to use fresh green beans, before cooking, I have to prepare the beans, that is to break their ends with those thin threads and break them into smaller pieces because they are too long. If you use frozen green beans or in a jar, there is no need to do this.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Cleaned Green Beans in the Bowl

I peeled the onion and chopped it finely with a knife, after which I can start cooking.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Chopped Onion

How to Make the Green Beans in Tomato Sauce?

In a soup pot, boil water, about two litres, in which we add two teaspoons of sea salt. When the water boils, add the green beans, and cook for about 15 minutes until the beans soften, but still remain firm.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Boiling Green Beans in the Pot

After the beans have boiled, pour it into a strainer and let it drain, during which time I take care of the chopped onion that needs to be fried.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Boiled Green Beans in the Strainer

In a saucepan, heat two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and put to fry the chopped onion. Cook the onion for about a minute only until it becomes transparent, stirring with a wooden spoon.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Frying Chopped Onion in the Saucepan

I add two tablespoons of water because I want the onion to sauté, not to fry, and season with a teaspoon of sea salt and a tablespoon of tomato paste.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Tomato Puree on Simmering Chopped Onion in the Saucepan

Cook the onion for about two minutes until soft, stirring occasionally, then put the boiled green beans in the saucepan.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Boiled Green Beans on Sauteed Onion

Now I add the tomato sauce and season with half a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper and a teaspoon of the vegetable mix for soups. If using non-flavoured tomato sauce, now add a teaspoon of oregano and half a teaspoon of dried basil.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Tomato Sauce on the Green Beans in the Saucepan

Because the sauce seemed a bit thick, I added 100 ml (1/4 can) of hot water and let it simmer for about four to five minutes, just enough to mix the flavours.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Ready to Serve

Did you see how simple it was? This was my recipe for green beans in tomato sauce ready to be served.

Serving

This dish is served as such, hot, as a side dish with meat dishes, fish, or just with a fried egg on top. You will see that it is particularly tasty.

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Served on Plate

As you can see, green beans in tomato sauce are a good idea for a side dish to meat, but if you want something else, try one of the following recipes:

Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Served on Plate

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Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Served on Plate
Green Beans in Tomato Sauce-Served on Plate

Green Bean in Tomato Sauce

Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: International, Mediterranean
Diet: Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: green bean in tomato sauce, green bean recipe, Mediterranean green bean recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 portions
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Timea
Whenever I cook a meat dish like a steak or breaded meat in my kitchen, choosing the side dish is always a dilemma. That’s why today I show you how to make a recipe for fresh green beans in tomato sauce, in Mediterranean style, as a variant of the endless side dish from potatoes, pasta or rice.
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Equipment

  • knife
  • Soup Pot
  • strainer
  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs green beans fresh, 650 g
  • 1 piece onion yellow, medium-size
  • 1/2 can tomato sauce seasoned with herbs, 200 ml
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tsp sea salt kosher
  • 1 tsp vegetable mix dried
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper freshly ground
  • 2 tbsp water on onion
  • 1/4 can water on green beans

For Boiling the Green Bean

  • 2 tbsp sea salt on boiling water
  • 2 l water boiling

Instructions

  • Prepare the beans, to break their ends with those thin threads and break them into smaller pieces because they are too long. Peel the onion and chop it finely with a knife.
  • In a soup pot, boil water, in which add the sea salt. When the water boils, add the green beans, and cook for about 15 minutes until the beans soften, but still remain firm. After the beans have boiled, pour them into a strainer and let them to drain.
  • In a saucepan, heat two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and put to fry the chopped onion. Cook the onion for about a minute only until it becomes transparent, stirring with a wooden spoon. Add two tablespoons of water because we want the onion to sauté, not to fry, and season with sea salt and tomato paste.
  • Cook the onion for about two minutes until soft, then put the boiled green beans in the saucepan. Add the tomato sauce and season with freshly ground pepper and vegetable mix for soups. Pour 100 ml (1/4 can) of hot water and let it simmer for about four to five minutes
  • This dish is served as such, hot, as a side dish with meat dishes, fish, or just with a fried egg on top.

Notes

If you use frozen green beans or in a jar, there is no need to clean or broke it.
If you use plain tomato sauce, you can season in addition with oregano and basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4584mg | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1667IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3mg
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