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.
- 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
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons dill, chopped
- 1/2 cup feta, crumbled (optional)
- Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the garlic and pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the tomatoes, green beans, oregano, salt and pepper and simmer until the beans are soft, about 40 minutes.
- Remove from heat, mix in the dill and parsley and serve garnished with feta.