Green Beans with Tomatoes & Basil Recipe
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Green Beans with Tomatoes & Basil Recipe

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Here’s a fast and easy way to dress up fresh green beans. Basil adds bright flavor, while lemon juice and garlic bring spring to mind. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 shallot, halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 83 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Place green beans in a steamer basket; place in a large saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet saute shallot in butter until tender. Add the garlic, sugar, lemon juice, salt, parsley and pepper; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in beans and tomatoes; heat through. Sprinkle with basil. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Green Beans with Tomatoes & Basil in Simple & Delicious April/May 2011, p18

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bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 197147
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"Will make this again and again. Wonderful flavor but I will not steam the vegetables. That took forever at high altitude!! I had to boil the beans after steaming for 20 min. and they still were not done."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 117967
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Very tasty! Could've eaten the shallot mixture all by itself - very good flavors which complemented each other nicely!"

sandifrood User ID: 1483673 184990
Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"It's unique in a marvelous way. Absolutely delicious and beautiful. Even the left overs got eaten the next day!"

Lollo User ID: 5949725 112101
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This dish not only looks great it has a delicious taste."

kateskids4 User ID: 1578662 178690
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"Very tasty! Found it in the magazine, though - good thing, as this post does not have the ingredients written out!"

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