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Green Beans with Tomatoes & Basil

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • Laureen
    Jan 5, 2019

    Was not sure how these were going to come out - based on the ingredients... but this side dish became my main dish tonight because it was soooo tasty!

  • bjsilve0
    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
    Jan 16, 2012

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

  • sandifrood
    May 9, 2011

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

  • Lollo
    Apr 25, 2011

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

  • kateskids4
    Apr 14, 2011

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