Italian Flat Green Beans With Tomatoes and Garlic

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Another reason to celebrate long hot humid days of summer. This dish is reminiscent of an Italian method of cooking green beans with tomatoes for a long time, which was especially good for tenderizing tough, old beans. From the Miami Herald.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb green beans, cut on the diagonal into 3-inch pieces (Italian flat, Romano)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, cut into very thin slices (a 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice (8ounces)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
  • 6 -8 basil leaves, cut into chiffonade (stacked, then rolled tightly and cut into very thin strips, optional garnish)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender. Drain immediately.
  2. While the beans are cooking, heat the oil in a medium sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. Add the garlic slices, distributing them evenly. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the slices become almost translucent and start to brown on the edges; be careful not to let the garlic burn.
  3. Add the diced tomato and salt and pepper to taste, then reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, so that the tomato is heated through.
  4. Add the cooked green beans and heat through for 1 to 2 minutes; mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the basil, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Most Helpful

Could not find fresh or frozen flat beans. I used Margrate Holmes brand Kentucky Wonder Italian flat beans. Added double the garlic and a can of Italian diced tomatoes. It was great with our grilled Huli Huli chicken. We will have this side over and over again.

baltisraul April 16, 2016

I gave this 5 stars, but I did modify it to fit more with dinner. I had made pork with a can of stewed tomatoes, so I used those instead of real tomato. I also added a little bit of diced onion with the garlic. With the Italian flavoring of the Italian stewed tomatoes and the added onion, this was perfect!

Luvs2kook November 09, 2009

YUM! This was a great way to change Green Bean.The only thing I did different was add an extra garlic clove,we love garlic!! Thanks for sharing.

jody #5 September 17, 2008