Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving-Italian Style Green Beans

If you ever get tired of traditional green beans or green bean casserole, this Italian inspired dish is a wonderful change of pace. Not only are these green beans delicious served with turkey but the dish also provides wonderful green and red colors to your holiday table.
The recipe should yield about 8-10 servings.

Italian Style Green Beans

1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can stewed tomatoes (14 1/2 oz), chopped
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt (+ more to taste as desired)
1/4 teaspoon pepper (+ more to taste as desired)
3 cans Italian style green beans (15 oz)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until tender and almost translucent. Add the tomatoes, water, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Continue cooking on low heat for an additional 10 minutes.
Place the green beans plus the liquid from 2 of the cans in a large saucepan. Add the onion/tomato mixture and simmer over med-low heat for 20-30 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by about half. Add additional salt and pepper if needed.
Remove from heat and garnish with Parmesan cheese.


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