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Italian Green Beans In Tomato Sauce

Italian green beans in tomato sauce is a simple and super delicious side dish that's perfect alongside grilled or roasted meats or fish. insidetherustickitchen.com

Italian green beans in tomato sauce is a simple and super delicious side dish that’s perfect alongside grilled or roasted meats or fish.

If you’re looking for a Summer side dish then look no further, these Italian green beans are the perfect accompaniment to all kinds of meals. Cooked in a simple tomato sauce with garlic, onion, and fennel seeds. They’re simple, easy to make and so delicious!

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Right, back to these yummy green beans…

This green bean side dish originates from Florence (fagiolini in umido). I love these flat green beans (taccole in Italian) for look and texture but you can use any type of green beans, whatever ones you prefer or are available. I often make this for barbecues (p.s the leftovers are amazing) or as a light side dish alongside some roast potatoes or salad.

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To make the simple tomato sauce, saute finely chopped red onion and garlic, fennel seeds and oregano for a few minutes until translucent whilst continuously stirring you don’t want to let it brown. Add canned chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, and a little water and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Top and tail the green beans and cut them in half or thirds then add them to the tomato sauce. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes until tender adding a little extra water if the sauce starts to dry out.

Done and done!

Oh, how I love a simple recipe and another reason why I love Italian food so much. There are so many simple recipes using few ingredients yet taste incredible. Fresh, high-quality ingredients are key, as always.

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Italian Green Beans in Tomato Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Italian green beans in tomato sauce is a simple and super delicious side dish that's perfect alongside grilled or roasted meats or fish.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people as a side
Calories: 98 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 14 oz (400g) green beans
  • 14 oz (400g) chopping canned tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 3.5 fl oz (100ml) water
  • salt and pepper , to season
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Finely chop the garlic and red onion. Add to a pan with the oregano, fennel seeds and 1 tbsp of olive oil and saute until translucent (don't let it brown).
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, water, and a pinch of salt and pepper, let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Top and tail the green beans then cut in half or thirds. Add the beans to the tomato sauce and simmer for another 5-10 minutes until tender. Add extra water if the sauce starts to dry out.
  3. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Please note this recipe was tested and developed in metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Pamela
    November 19, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Sounds perfectly delicious. Can I serve this cold??

  • Reply
    Michelle Barsness
    June 7, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ve been thinking of trying a sauce on our green beans. Love the flavors in your recipe. Will give it a try.

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      June 8, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thanks so much Michelle, let me know how it goes!

  • Reply
    Rebecca | Let\'s Eat Cake
    June 7, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Love this simple and yummy-sounding recipe! Maybe a good way to get kids to eat their greens too!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      June 8, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Definitely, thanks so much Rebecca.

  • Reply
    michele
    June 7, 2017 at 4:23 am

    My favorite side dish in the summer is potato salad ….but these beans sound great! Love the sauce addition to them.

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      June 8, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Mmm I love potato salad with a barbecue, so good. Thanks Michele.

  • Reply
    Gabby | The Tolerant Table
    June 7, 2017 at 2:16 am

    This looks gorgeous! I love simple recipes too and particular the Italian / Spanish variety. Yum. I don’t know if I have a favourite side dish but I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t love 😀

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      June 8, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Wow that’s great, I’m one of those people that pretty much will eat anything, ha so I’m with you there!

  • Reply
    Angela
    June 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    This looks lovely, so fresh it would be great with grilled meats. I love fennel as well, so refreshing.

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      June 8, 2017 at 8:02 am

      I love adding fennel seeds in tomato sauce, it’s my favourite. So glad you like it, thanks Angela 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary // Chattavore
    June 6, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I have seen lots of recipes for green beans with tomatoes, but I have never made them myself. Here in the Southern U.S. we tend to cook green beans for a very long time with bacon or ham. They’re delicious but this looks like a great way to deviate from the norm!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      June 8, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Yes, what a perfect way to change this up from your usual sides and it’s so simple too.

  • Reply
    Hope
    June 6, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    This looks like a delicious side dish Emily! I love how simple it is, I can imagine it would be so tasty with all of the flavours from the herbs coming through in the tomato sauce. I’m always on the look out for new side dishes so will be adding this to my list!

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      June 8, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Aw thanks so much Hope, I love the fennel seeds in it, they give great flavour. I hope you enjoy, be sure to let me know how it goes.

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