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Braised Green Beans with Tomato and Basil March 26, 2007

Posted by pcorcoran in Braising, Recipe, Side Dish, Veggies.
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1-1/2 lbs. green beans, trimmed
2 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped
3 cippolini onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup water

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, basil, and water. Cover skillet and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, tossing occasionally, until beans reach desired degree of tenderness. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

Time to Prepare: 10 minutes prep + 20 minutes (avg.) stovetop.

Level of Difficulty: 2/10

Serves: 4

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I’ve been getting bored of green beans lately. I avoid casserole-type dishes because of their general heaviness. And tossing beans in butter / olive oil and adding salt has gotten old. So I was really happy to discover this recipe. It is light in oil and has tons of flavor. The sweetness of the onions and tomatoes really complements the basil.

I loaded up on the salt and that worked out ok — tomatoes can handle it. Next time I would take them off a bit sooner than 20 minutes, to make them a little crisper. This is an easy dish I could see myself making once a week.

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