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Italian Seasoned Green Beans

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 2-4 side servings

Ingredients

  • Olive oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Yellow onion - 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Garlic - 1 tablespoon, minced
  • Tomato paste - 1 tablespoon
  • Thyme - 1 tablespoon or more of fresh thyme
  • Rosemary - 1 tablespoon or more of fresh rosemary
  • Basil - 1 tablespoon or more of fresh basil
  • Chives - 1 tablespoon or more of fresh chives
  • Sea salt - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Black pepper - Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Olives - 1/2 cup, chopped
  • Beans - 3 cups chopped (about 1-inch long) beans
  • Water - 3/4 cup of water (add 1-2 tbs at a time, allowing it to reduce each time)
  • Optional:
  • Goat cheese or Feta or Tuna

Instructions

  1. Put the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. When the olive oil is hot (test with one piece of onion), add the onion and saute until it becomes translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomato paste, fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Stir and mix thoroughly. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. Add the olives, beans, and 1 tablespoon of water. Stir well and cover with a lid. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and add one more tablespoon of water. Stir well.
  6. Continue to add 1 tablespoon of water as needed to prevent the tomato paste from burning on the bottom of the pan. You want to create a slightly thicker sauce that will coat the beans while providing enough liquid to cook them.
  7. After about 7 minutes, when the beans are bright green and tender, remove them from the stovetop and transfer to a serving bowl.
  8. For an even more complex and hearty side dish, you can add crumbled goat cheese or feta, or tuna.
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