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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 73 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • BilliePock
    Feb 26, 2018

    This is a great healthy option for a side dish. I streamed the beans instead boiling them. I plan to make this again.

  • justmbeth
    Feb 6, 2018

    Wonderful green bean recipe. I liked I could simmer these while I prepared the rest of the meal.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 27, 2017

    Lobe how the flavors come together with the green beans!!

  • luigimon
    Sep 14, 2014

    I used frozen green beans. The flavor was excellent but I'm going to use fresh the next time!

  • katlaydee3
    Jul 5, 2010

    Loved these, great flavor in the sauce.

  • tneisess
    Jun 1, 2010

    I think in order to give this 5 stars I would have to leave the recipe "as is." I did change a few things though, that's the reason for the 4 stars. However, with the changes, it gets 5 stars. I used 1 can italian diced tomatoes with oregano, basil and garlic. I omitted the oregano & basil since these ingredients were in the canned tomatoes. I used 2 lbs. frozen green beans instead of fresh. The rest of the ingredients, I left the same. I was taking these to a potluck which was about 4 hours later so after following all of the directions for cooking them, I put them in a crockpot on low until time to eat. (I like my green beans "cooked to death" and these came out perfectly). My husband loved them so this is definitely a keeper (especially since I have a difficult time getting him to eat his veggies)!Thank You for this recipe!

  • wilhitga
    Dec 21, 2009

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  • myrtrose
    Sep 20, 2009

    I cooked the green beans in the sauce. I made mine healthy by eliminating the extra salt and sugar. I finished the beans with a splash of balsalmic vinegar. I won't use the stewed tomatoes next time, maybe diced Italian seasoned tomatoes instead. I don't care for the hard celery bits in the stewed ones.

  • mbills8778
    May 5, 2007

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  • monica mcrill
    Dec 25, 2006

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