Try this delicious recipe for Italian green beans that is full of traditional flavors and takes just a half an hour to make.
Spicy green beans, tomatoes and garlic stew is an evergreen vegetable dish of Italy and it’s great both as a side and on its own. Moreover, it’s extremely healthy and filling!
Even better, the best part of this stew is that is completely effortless to make. All you have to do is prepare all the raw ingredients, put them into a pot, cover with a lid and wait. The heat and the released steam will work their magic and 30 minutes later you will have a great dish ready to serve!
This vegetarian recipe is a traditional dish from north-western Italy, and is prepared especially during spring, when green beans are at their absolute best. That being said, it is not uncommon to eat it during the rest of the year, especially if paired with some kind of meat or fish.
Since this dish is very simple and has very few ingredients, to make it perfect you should use the best products you can find, especially when it comes to the tomatoes. There is nothing worse than a watery tasteless tomato that adds no flavor at all to your dish! In my opinion the best varieties are plump San Marzano or Datterini, but any kind of sweet heirloom small tomatoes will work great.
Finally, the traditional version of this dish is made with a special variety of pole beans larger and flatter than the most common variety, but this recipe will work perfectly well with any kind of green beans you can find at your local food store or vegetable market. Snow peas are a great alternative as well!
Giorgia was born in a small town on the Italian Riviera, half the way between Genova and the Cinque Terre, just a few miles away from where pesto was invented. She has a background in psychology and neuroscience and is now completing her training to become a licensed psychologist while working as a web writer. As most of the time happens in Italy, it was her lovely grandmother that taught her how to cook and enjoy every bite of simple and genuine food. Giorgia loves preparing meals for family and friends and her specialty are authentic Sicilian and Ligurian dishes. Other than cooking, her greatest passions are traveling and trekking. Her biggest dream is to be able to see (and taste!) as much of the word as possible.