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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 & tailed & 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 & pepper


  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.
  2. Add the tomatoes, bring to simmer point and cook for 30 minutes or until beans are tender.
  3. Season, stir through the basil leaves and serve.
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