Greek Style Green Beans

"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."
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Ready In:




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

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  1. LifeIsGood
    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
  2. PetsRus
    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!!
  3. Christina P.
    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.
  4. CookieKris
    Served this for Christmas dinner. Perfect colors. ;-) We loved it, fresh taste with the mint and the cooking tip is exactly what others miss. I added a little white wine to the tomatoes and topped it with Feta. Super delicious!
  5. Kumquat the Cats fr
    My BF and I love tomato and green bean combinations, so I've been on a quest for the "perfect" recipe. This is the first recipe I've seen that recommends cooking these vegetables separately before combining. Well it's an excellent idea as the green beans stayed a bright green color. It's a much prettier presentation too. Not sure I'd quite call this the "perfect" recipe yet but it gave me some good ideas. Next time I might change or add more herbs. I couldn't resist adding some kalamata olives too, though olives are not a requirement for my "perfect" recipe:D Thanks for a really great side dish!



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