Green Beans and Tomatoes

Green Beans and Tomatoes

When you’re looking for a new vegetable side dish to serve with dinner, look no further than Green Beans and Tomatoes. This is a very simple recipe, colorful, and flavorful side dish that’s quick to put together and goes great with a variety of entrees. If you need a new way to serve green beans, or if you have some grape or cherry tomatoes that need to be used before they spoil, Green Beans and Tomatoes is the perfect solution. It’s also a great recipe for when you need to make your green beans go a little further.

This recipe for Green Beans and Tomatoes is based on two other green bean recipes that have previously been published here at Patty Cake’s Pantry–Garlic Green Beans, and Green Beans with Onions and Garlic. As is often the case in my kitchen, this recipe was born out of necessity. I had some heirloom cherry and grape tomatoes that had begun to get a little wrinkled, so I couldn’t use them in salads. Green Beans and TomatoesThe only solution was to cook them. Usually, I would use them in a pasta dish, but we didn’t have any plans for pasta.  I realized that I also had some fresh green beans in the fridge.  Green Beans and TomatoesA light bulb went on in my head and Green Beans and Tomatoes were born. Green Beans and Tomatoes

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Green Beans and Tomatoes
Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish
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Serves: 6
This is a simple and colorful combination of flavors that is a perfect side to many different meals. Cook's Note: The sugar is listed as an optional ingredient. Cooked tomatoes can be very tart. Adding a small amount of sugar helps to mellow this tartness, but if you prefer the tartness, leave it out. This recipe makes 6 very large servings.
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1½ pints grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  1. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat
  2. Add onion and garlic to pan and saute until onions are beginning to become translucent.
  3. Add green beans to pan, and saute, stirring well for 5 minutes
  4. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and sugar (if using) to the pan.
  5. Mix well and saute for 5 more minutes.
  6. Add ½ cup water to pan.
  7. Immediately cover pan and reduce heat to low.
  8. Simmer/Steam for 15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
  9. When green beans are tender, serve.

Green Beans and Tomatoes are a flavorful and colorful side dish.

Nutrition Information is for 1/6th of the recipe as prepared including 1 tsp of sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8.7g
Saturated Fat 1.3g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 205mg
Total Carbohydrates 12.5g
Dietary Fiber 4.2g
Sugars 5.2g
Protein 2.6g
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 9%
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%

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