Green beans with toma­toes

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Self- Sufficiency -

SERVES: 6 TIME: 60 min­utes This is a favourite bean dish of Lynne and Doug, and I love it too. It's a com­mon meal in Greece and Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries, and the per­fect way to use up fresh beans.


500g green beans, topped and tailed 3 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves minced gar­lic 4 cups fresh, chopped toma­toes ½ cup tomato purée 2 tbsp red wine vine­gar salt and freshly ground pep­per a large hand­ful of chopped herbs, like basil, oregano, mint, dill and/or flat-leaf Ital­ian pars­ley


Turk­ish-style – add ½ tsp all­spice Greek-style – add feta cheese


1 Lightly brown the onion in olive oil in a large fry­ing pan over a medium heat. 2 Add the gar­lic and cook for an­other few min­utes. 3 Add the green beans, toma­toes, vine­gar, all­spice (if us­ing), and tomato purée, and bring up to a sim­mer. 4 Cover and cook over a very low heat for 35-45 min­utes un­til the toma­toes form a thick sauce. 5 Sea­son with salt and pep­per, fold in the chopped fresh herbs, and gar­nish with feta cheese (if us­ing). Trans­fer to a warmed serv­ing dish and serve im­me­di­ately.

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