Monday, August 18, 2008

Grandma Franca's Italian Style Green Beans

There is a wonderful little woman in our family named Franca. She is my DHs stepmother although we do not think of her as a "stepmother"...she is simply "mom."

Mom is Italian and when we go to visit (which is not nearly as often as we would like) she makes these wonderful "authentic" Italian foods. One that she makes each time is fresh green beans. There is no real recipe for them so you will need to play with it to get the right amount for your family. I hope you like it as much as we do.

Fresh green beans - enough for your family
1 large can of crushed Roma tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves - minced
Fresh garlic - minced
Extra virgin olive oil

Wash and snap the ends off the beans but otherwise, leave them whole. Put oil (about 2 tablespoons) into a large skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté lightly being careful not to burn it. Add in the green beans and toss to coat with oil and garlic. Sauté for just a few minutes until there are small parts on the beans until lightly browned. They will appear "stir-fried" but still crisp. Pour crushed tomatoes over the beans and add the basil. Simmer for just a few minutes to allow the flavors to mix but not over cook the beans. You will want them just a little crisp instead of cooked through.

These are wonderful served with a nice pot roast!

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