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Greek Green Beans in Tomato Sauce (Fasolakia)

Greek Green Beans in Tomato Sauce with Feta (Fasolakia)

The farmers market is literally bursting with fresh local produce these days and there are so many different things that it's sometimes hard to choose what to get. When I saw some fresh green beans and perfectly field ripened beefsteak tomatoes close together it reminded of a dish for Greek style green beans in a tomato sauce that I had been wanting to try. This dish is called fasolakia and it is pretty simple with the green beans being braised in the tomato sauce until they are soft at which point they become nice and sweet. The recipe that I used here is really just the base and from here you can add what you like. Diced potatoes are a common extra but you could also add some cubed meat and zucchini would be perfect right about now with it also being in season. Of course I could not resist serving the green beans in tomato sauce with a healthy helping of feta and some crusty bread on the side works well to sop up any of the tasty tomato sauce that gets left behind in the bowl.

Greek Green Beans in Tomato Sauce with Feta (Fasolakia)

Green beans braised in a tasty tomato sauce with lots of fresh herbs that goes well when served with feta and some crusty bread.


Servings: makes 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes or 4 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped
  • 1 handful dill, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled (optional)
Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, green beans, oregano, salt and pepper and simmer until the beans are soft, about 40 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, mix in the dill and parsley and serve garnished with feta.

Similar Recipes:
Gigantes Plaki (Greek Baked Beans)
Garides Tourkolimano (Greek Shrimp)
Cod Baked in a Tomato and Feta Sauce

21 comments:

Bev Weidner said...

I just passed out. GORGEOUS, Kevin!

polwig said...

Feta makes everything amazing, not that tomatoes and green beans are not but it takes away the blandness.. Yummy

Kate said...

This sounds wonderful. I have been getting an abundance of green beans in our weekly vegetable box. I will have to give this a try.

warmvanillasugar said...

This sounds lovely! Awesome recipe.

JDeQ said...

The looks great Kevin. We had a similar dish whwn we were in Greece. I'm looking forward to trying this version out.

Yasmeen said...

Yum, fasolakia is among my favorite things to eat... it's very similar to the Arab version fasoulia (green beans stewed in tomato sauce with Arabic 7-spice when served hot, or dill and olive oil when served cold).

It's perfect for summer, and yours looks beautiful!

Joanne said...

This reminds me a LOT of gigantes plaki, which I LOVE, but with green beans thrown in. Great dish!

Peggy said...

This sounds really interesting! I'm on a green bean streak right now, and this is definitely one of the more unique green bean recipes I've seen =)

MAZES said...

super .

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I'm such a sucker for feta....

This looks amazin

respiratory therapist said...

I love green beans slowly cooked with tomatoes. I like that you pointed out the sweet taste of it. It's very distinct with fresh produce isn't it? I haven't tried adding feta but I will the next time I cook beans and tomatoes together. Thank you for this recipe.

Chef Fresco said...

Beautiful summer dish, Kevin!

katerina said...

Lovely pictures, I always find it hard to make things look good when something green becomes greenish brown when cooked in an acidic substance like tomatoes. I always wanna scream - "it takes amazing!", but your pictures are already very appetizing.

I love anything with tomatoes and feta.

The Culinary Chase said...

Kevin, this looks scrumptious and so easy to prepare! Cheers.

Rob Johnson said...

Good one! Whenever i'm making my own sauce, Textuarants always help out the texture of it so much!

Cara said...

love it! I always look forward to the green beans at my favorite Greek restaurant.

Food Junkie said...

i made this for supper tonight and it was amazing. While deviating a little from the Greek theme I used canned tomatoes with green chilies for some extra flavour. This is a recipe I will make again. Thanks Kevin

brian said...

hey, i made this using okra for the beans tonight- it was great! by the way- love your blog!

recovering~shopaholic said...

I just found your blog and I'm amazed at the amount of greek recipes you have! I'll definitely be trying some :)

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight with fresh tomatoes and beans (plus a nice feta) it was fantastic - will definitely make this again - thanks!

Fasolakia me kreas said...

Your greek green beans recipe it's delicious. Also with meat it would be great. Thanks for posting this :)

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