Penzey's Tomato Basil Green Beans

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe is from a Penzey's catalog from several years ago. It is also very good with dill instead of basil, and I plan to try with oregano next time. Be sure to use plum (roma) tomatoes which are meatier than other types. Also, the cooking times are for whole green beans; I buy a big bag of frozen whole tender young beans at a warehouse club or Trader Joes. I have reduced the amount of oil to 1/4 cup from 1/2 as originally written, based on a review and my own preference also.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fill a large pot approx 2/3 with water and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes and cook for 30 seconds. Remove with tongs and put in a bowl with cold water. After a few minutes, remove the tomatoes, and peel, core, and finely chop them. (Don't drain the boiling water - you'll want this for the beans).
  2. Place the oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add the chopped tomato, garlic, and basil. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. While tomatoes are simmering, wash and trim the green beans. Cook in boiling water for 7-10 minutes depending on how small & tender your beans are.
  4. Drain & briefly rinse the beans. Place in a serving bowl. Pour the tomatoes over the beans and toss to coat. Add salt and black pepper to taste. For best flavor, cover and let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
Most Helpful

I found these to taste very good, but they were cold by the time they set for 5 - 10 minutes and then they had to be reheated. Plus the whole process was a little labor intense. But I like fresh veggies, so worth the work, but wouldn't prepare every day.

morgainegeiser January 29, 2009

These tasted fine, but were cold on serving because the directions said to let stand at least 10 minutes before serving. This recipe was not very forgiving for me. I substitued Campari tomatoes, which are arriving in better quality than Romas, but I learned that most of a Campari is liquid and seeds, the outer shell of the tomato is rather thin. When I simmered the tomato with the garlic, there was a lot of outliying olive oil. It turned out my chicken required extra time to compensate for incomplete thawing, so this was difficult to serve hot together. I cooked the (slightly thawed) frozen sliced French-style green beans for the lowest time listed, 7 minutes, but the green beans seemed over done to my preference. Served with Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken Cutlets #185342.Thanks for posting, appledapply, I shall experiment some more with this recipe due to my love of veggies. Made for Newest Zaar Tag.

KateL December 12, 2008