When you grow green beans in your garden, you’re always looking for fresh ideas on how to prepare them. Many years ago I came across a recipe that I fell in love with. I make it several times a season when the green beans are fresh from the garden… or the farmers’ market. With a pinch of spice, they’re memorable and one of my all time favorites!
3 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
Combine olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes in a medium saucepan. Add tomatoes and green beans. Place over medium-low heat, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add basil, and cook, covered, for 5 minutes more. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living Television, September 2001.