Fresh Beans in Tomato Sauce – (Fasolia)

What amazes me about some Greek dishes, is how a few ingredients can taste so wonderful! This dish is one of those – it’s sweet and thick and delicious. It’s cheap, easy to make and most of all its healthy. This is a staple in any Greek home, I often swap the above beans for the flatter type – either works equally well.

I am a fan of using whatever is in the fridge or needs using up – so to make the dish more filling I will sometimes add a few chunks of potato, red pepper and carrot.

Olive oil (good healthy glug)
½ kilo of green beans
1 x large onion chopped
1 x small carrot chopped (chopped small – optional)
1 x large potato (chopped into smallish chunks – optional)
1 x 14oz tin of plum tomatoes (mashed) – or fresh ripe tomatoes
A Squirt of tomato puree
½ glass of water
Salt & pepper


Add a good glug of olive oil into a large pan (be generous – it’s good for you!)
Bring to a medium heat and add your chopped onions and saute gently for a few minutes
Add the chopped beans, potatoes, carrots and pepper (if using)
Coat in the olive oil and onions then pour in the mashed plum tomatoes and a squirt of tomato puree
Salt & pepper to taste
Reduce to a low boil, put the lid on and put your timer on for about 45 mins – check the beans about halfway through to see whether you need to add any water. You don’t want a thin liquid but you do want some juice

Serve with fresh crusty bread and olives – enjoy!



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