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Green beans in tomato sauce

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Green beans in tomato sauce

Side Serves 4 45 min
With green beans there are three options: raw, very quick cooking, or slower cooking, as here, which brings out their sweet, almost caramel nature. This is a great dinner dish to serve with fresh water fish. Whatever else you eat it with, be sure to include bread, rice or potatoes to soak up the sauce.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400-500g green beans, topped and tailed and cut into 4cm lengths
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 400g tin Italian plum tomatoes
  • a few basil leaves, torn
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 35 min
  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and sweat the beans and the leeks with the garlic and bay leaf for a few minutes.
  • Step 2

    Add the tomatoes, bring to simmer point and cook for 30 minutes or until beans are tender.
  • Step 3

    Season, stir through the basil leaves and serve.

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