“Italian” Green Beans


The reason why I call these “Italian” green beans is because the Italians tend to cook their veg far longer than we do in South Africa (or England for that matter). When I first saw these green beans I had assumed that they were completely over-cooked but this is exactly how they were intended. They tend to soften and with the addition of some onion, garlic and a couple of tomatoes they are truly delicious.


  • Green Beans (I’ve used frozen beans in this recipe but fresh are just as good)
  • 1 sliced garlic clove
  • Half a sliced onion
  • 2 medium or 1 large tomato
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of white wine or water
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a pan which has a lid
  2. Put the pan on a low heat and cook slowly, stirring occasionally
  3. If additional water is required add a dash more at a time and close the lid, the steam is cooking the beans
  4. Once the beans are tender and the tomato has broken down as below they are ready
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste

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