Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe was adapted from a recipe posted in the Houston Chronicle. The key is to make the tomato sauce separately and serve on top of the beans. This method keeps the green beans crisp tender, and a bright green color. When the tomatoes and beans are cooked together the acidity turns the beans a dark olive color.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash, tip and cut up fresh beans.
  2. Place in pan with water to cover beans.
  3. Simmer uncovered until beans are just tender, stirring a few times.
  4. Meanwhile, combine undrained tomatoes with water, onions, parsley, garlic, mint, oregano, salt and pepper in a saucepan.
  5. Cover; bring just to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. When tomato sauce is thick, drain green beans and top with sauce; serve promptly.


Most Helpful

A great new way to have green beans! I loved the tomato mixture and thought the flavors were paired well with green beans. Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT9 and the Soup-A-Stars

LifeIsGood July 22, 2013

A simply wonderful vegetable dish!! Made the sauce in advance and put it together with the beans near dinner time. Did not add or leave out a thing. One thing I did different was that I added half of the parsley when cooking and the other half just before serving. Thanks Nan!!

Pets'R'us June 11, 2003

Not sure why, but this flopped for me. I followed the recipe exactly except I steamed my green beans instead of boiling them. The flavors in the tomato sauce didn't mix well in my opinion, and the mint kinda competed with the other herbs rather than enhancing them.

Christina P. November 13, 2010

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