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Italian Green Beans

 Italian Green Beans
When I was first married, I wasn't a great cook. Twenty years later, I have many dishes I'm proud of, including this family favorite. Basil, oregano and Romano cheese give these beans their Italian accent. I serve them with broiled steak, pork roast, lamb chops or pork chops. -Andrea Ibzag, Gordon, Wisconsin
10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, coarsely mashed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic;
  • saute 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, water, oregano, basil,
  • sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer,
  • uncovered, for 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water;
  • bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until
  • crisp-tender; drain. Add tomato mixture and cheese; cook for 5
  • minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 73 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.