Green Beans in a Fresh Tomato Sauce

 

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I received some beautiful heirloom beans in my CSA box and was so inspired to create something delicious.  This is hearty enough to be main dish (I always serve it as a main), or can serve as a side dish to a BBQ.  If serving this as a side, cut the recipe in 1/2.  This comes together easily, with minimal oven time so it is perfect for hot, lazy days.  My kids love it as the sauce reminds them of pizza and I love it, knowing they are getting a big dose of green veggies 🙂

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Green Beans in Fresh Tomato Sauce:

Tomato Sauce:

– 8 tomatoes (use your favorite variety, I used heirloom)

– 1 large onion

2 garlic cloves OR garlic greens

– 1 T dried oregano (or 1/4 cup fresh)

– a large bunch of fresh basil, torn into pieces (you can substitute with 1 T dried, but the flavour is so much better with the fresh!)

For the quickest and easiest way to do this, place the tomatoes, onion, and garlic in your food processor and pulse until well combined and chopped finely.  If you do not have a food processor, chop tomatoes, onion and garlic finely.

Place a saucepan over medium high heat and add:

– 2 T avocado oil (or extra virgin olive oil)

Add the tomato mixture and stir.  Bring up to a boil and immediately reduce the heat to low/medium low.  Stir to prevent sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan.  Add oregano.  Let sauce tick away on low heat until you are ready to serve, or remove from heat.  Add basil.

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Green Beans:

– 2 lbs of green beans

As you are preparing the sauce, cut or snap the stem ends off your beans and snap your beans in half.  The beans need to be fully cooked before combining with the tomato sauce so steam or boil them (steaming is my preference as all the nutrients stay in the beans- you can pick up cheap bamboo steamers at Asian markets very economically).  Once beans are fully cooked mix them in a 9×13 (or similar sized) pan with the tomato sauce.  Stir to combine.  If you are vegan stop here.  If not, pre-heat your broiler.  Cover the beans with 1-2 cups cheese of choice (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, feta, havarti, fontina…) Broil until cheese is browned in spots and bubbling.  Remove from oven.  Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before digging in.

*Optional: sprinkle with 1 cup of panko crumbs after adding the cheese (before placing under the broiler) for a crunchy top

Enjoy ❤ ❤

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