Green Beans with Plum Tomato

Green beans cooked with plum tomatoes are a traditional vegetable side dish throughout Tuscany.

Makes 6-8 servings


Olive oil
Red onion, small, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 pounds (900 g) ripe Plum tomatoes, skin removed and chopped
1 pound (450 g) green beans, wash and ends removed
Handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
Sea salt
Freshly grated black pepper


Heat olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add in the tomatoes and simmer for a few more minutes. Add the green beans and basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and continue to cook on low heat for 20 - 30 minutes, checking periodically to make sure the beans are not sticking to the pan. Add a little water if necessary.

Serve when beans are tender but still firm.

Can be eaten warm or at room temperature.