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Neapolitan Green Beans with Garlic and Red Pepper

This Neapolitan Green Beans recipe is an all-time favorite. I love the snap of fresh green beans enhanced with garlic, fresh garden tomatoes, and a bit of heat with red pepper. This French bean recipe is perfect to enjoy at the height of summer with fresh beans fresh from the garden!

Platter of Green Beans Neapolitan with tomatoes

When you grow green beans in your garden, you’re always looking for fresh ideas on how to prepare them, and I promise you that this simple dish of Neapolitan Green Beans served with fresh tomatoes, lots of garlic and a bit of heat from some red pepper is about to become a family favorite!

Whether you grow your own beans, or you walk the aisles of local farmers’ markets and see baskets full of this quintessential summer veggie… You’re thinking about ways to enhance their already delicious flavor.

Many years ago I came across a recipe that I fell in love with. I make it often throughout the year, but most especially during the summer (they’re particularly good alongside some Grilled Lemon Chicken Thighs, and perhaps some Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes?) When the green beans are growing up the trellis in my backyard garden, I’m thinking about this recipe.

At Christmas… I’m thinking about this recipe. Thanksgiving… too. It’s just one of those keepers.

How to String Beans

I came across this video on YouTube. He’s like everyone’s favorite grandfather. If you need to string a lot of beans — like for this recipe — here’s how to speed up the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other types of beans instead?

Yes! Yellow French-style beans are delicious with a delicate flavor. Pole beans, sliced would also be delicious here, just lower the cooking time to make sure the slices still have some bite.

Can I used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic?

In a pinch yes, but fresh garlic would be better.

Can I use any herbs other than basil?

If you don’t have any basil, fresh mint would work particularly well in this recipe instead.

Closeup view of Green Beans Neopolitan with cherry tomatoes on a white serving platter.

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Garden Fresh Neapolitan Green Beans with Garlic and Red Pepper


  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Description

When you grow green beans in your garden, you’re always looking for fresh ideas on how to prepare them. This Neapolitan Green Beans recipe is an all-time favorite. I love the snap of fresh green beans enhanced with garlic, fresh garden tomatoes, and a bit of heat with red pepper.


Ingredients

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1 tablespoons olive oil

3 medium cloves garlic thinly sliced

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 medium plum tomatoes cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 1/2 pounds string beans trimmed and washed, but not dried

1 large sprig fresh basil


Instructions

  1. Combine the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add the tomatoes and green beans. Place over medium-low heat and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the basil, and cook, covered, for 5 minutes more. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Notes

Halved cherry tomatoes can be used instead of diced.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 63 calories
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 757 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 2 g

Keywords: green beans, fresh beans, tomato, pepper, garlic, side dish, summer, vegetables

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