Thursday, November 11, 2010


Great on its own or as a side dish, especially with tasty fishes such as salmon and tuna or with poultry.
My kids love this recipe and it's one good way to make veggies palatable for fussy mouths, only remember not to sprinkle hot chillies on the beans if your children are going to eat them!

for 3 - 4 people

500 g of flat green beans
250 g of very ripe plum tomatoes
1 garlic clove
4 - 5 fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoon of extravirgin olive oil
half a teaspoon of crushed dried chilly peppers

Chop the ends off the beans, wash them and drain them, put them into a large bowl with a lid suitable for microwave oven with 100 ml of water. Cook at maximum power for 10 minutes.
Apart wash the tomatoes, chop them, then transfer them into a large pan with olive oil and the garlic clove, turn the heat on and let the garlic fry for 2 minutes then discard it. When the beans are ready, drain them and add them to the tomatoes. Add half a teaspoon of salt and chillies and cover the pan with the lid. Let simmer for about 45 minutes then take the lid off and let the excess of liquid boil off.
When the sauce is thick enough turn the heat off and add the basil leaves.
Serve hot and...buon appetito!

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