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Italian Green Beans In Tomato Sauce

March 5, 2020 (Last Updated: May 21, 2020) by Emily

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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

Super delicious and easy Italian Green Beans served in a simple tomato sauce (aka Fagiolini in Umido). This easy Italian side dish is ready in no time and is perfect served alongside our Breaded Chicken Cutlets, Pork Tenderloin or Juicy Florentine Steak just to name a few. 

An overhead shot of Italian green beans tossed in a tomato sauce on an oval plate

Fagiolini in Umido is a super simple side dish originating from Florence.

It’s an easy and delicious way to spruce up green beans in no time at all.

From start to finish this side dish is ready in under 30 minutes and couldn’t be easier (see the video and step by step photos below).

The tomato sauce is rich and delicious flavoured with garlic and shallots and tossed with al dente green beans, SO MUCH YUM!

Fresh, Frozen or Canned Green Beans?

To be honest I always choose fresh over frozen anything especially if it’s super easy to find. Green beans are something I always buy fresh but you can absolutely use frozen green beans to make this recipe too.

In fact, frozen green beans usually still hold a lot of nutritional value because they’re frozen straight after picking and they still taste delicious.

Canned green beans are a different story and I don’t recommend using them for this recipe.

The beans are canned in liquid which makes them extra soft and mushy so much so that they fall apart when cooking. You really want the beans to be al dente and you won’t get that with canned ones.

How to Make Italian Green Beans – Step by Step

First, par-boil the green beans in salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes (photo 1).

Next, add olive oil to a large skillet, once hot add the shallots and fry for a few seconds then add the chopped garlic. Saute for 1 minute then add the red pepper flakes (chili flakes) and stir (photo 2-3).

Step by step photos for making Italian green beans

Add the canned tomatoes, water, salt, and pepper to the skillet and stir to combine (photo 4).

Add the green beans and stir to coat in the sauce. Continue to cook for a further 8-10 minutes then serve (photo 5-6).

Serving Suggestions

This is a side dish that will go with anything from grilled or roasted meats to fish.

One of my favourite ways to serve them is with Breaded Chicken Cutlets. Our Pistachio Crusted Chicken, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin or Florentine Steak would also be delicious with this side dish!

A close up of Italian green beans in tomato sauce on a oval plate

Top Tips for Making Italian Green Beans

  • Use the highest quality canned tomatoes you can get.
  • I used string beans but any green beans will do.
  • Trimming the beans isn’t necessary (you can eat every part) but we prefer too. To do so, simply trim both ends with a sharp knife, you can also often buy them pre-trimmed.
  • If you don’t want a spicy kick then omit the red pepper flakes altogether.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for around 3-4 days and can be reheated or eaten cold.
  • You can also freeze these beans, thaw completely before reheating.

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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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 102kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 14 oz green beans trimmed (400g)
  • 14 oz canned crushed tomatoes (400g)
  • 1 shallot finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (chili flakes)
  • 1/3 cup water (80 ml)
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 4-5 torn basil leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • First, par-boil the green beans in salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes.
  • Next, Add olive oil to a large skillet, once hot add the shallots and fry for a few seconds then add the chopped garlic. Saute for 1 minute then add the red pepper flakes (chili flakes) and stir.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, water, salt, and pepper to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Add the green beans and stir to coat in the sauce. Continue to cook for a further 8-10 minutes then serve garnished with basil (optional).

Notes

  • Use the highest quality canned tomatoes you can get.
  • I used string beans but any green beans will do.
  • Trimming the beans isn't necessary (you can eat every part) but we prefer too. To do so, simply trim both ends with a sharp knife, you can also often buy them pre-trimmed.
  • If you don't want a spicy kick then omit the red pepper flakes altogether.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for around 3-4 days and can be reheated or eaten cold.
  • You can also freeze these beans, thaw completely before reheating.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1046IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily Liao
    March 5, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    This side dish is amazing, especially the sauce. It gives the beans tons of flavor!5 stars

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    Carrie Robinson
    March 5, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    This is such a good idea for side dish! Looks amazing.5 stars

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    Andrea Metlika
    March 5, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    This is a perfect side dish. Although, I think I could eat these as my meal they are that good.5 stars

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    March 5, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    I’m always looking for new ways to cook vegetables and these Italian green beans in tomato sauce will be a crowd favorite.5 stars

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    rebecca
    March 5, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I love how easy these Italian green beans are! they look so flavorful5 stars

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    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!

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    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.

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    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 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!

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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.

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    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!5 stars

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      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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