If you don’t like green beans, or if your kids don’t like green beans, this traditional greek green beans recipe, or Fasolakia, will likely change your mind. Cooked in a delicious tomato-garlic confit until they are fall-apart tender, these green beans aren’t just healthy but they are comfort food good.
They also couldn’t be easier to make. Throw all the ingredients in a pot and let them cook away and fill your house with the most wonderful aroma. I love making these as a side dish when I am entertaining as I can do all of the grunt work before hand.
One of my favorite fellow bloggers, Reclaiming Yesterday, just went on a wonderful trip to Greece and I know she has lived there in the past. I totally trust Allyson and her taste, so when I was craving Fasolakia, I went straight to her blog and I adapted this recipe. If you don’t follow her on instagram or her blog, you should! She is definitely one of my favorites and I love how knowledgable she is on all things health related!
I love to pair these with my Greek Lamb Meatballs and a greek salad or my pan-roasted greek chicken thighs, and, if you aren’t doing a Whole30, these are great served alone with some good-ole crusty bread! Yum. Yum!
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 onion, diced small
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 lbs green beans (I buy the ones in a bag that are already snipped + ready to use)
- 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
- 3 tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp. dried oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste
- juice of 1/2 large lemon
- Heat a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, and when hot, add onions and saute for about 4 minutes. Be sure to season with a little salt and pepper during this time.
- Add garlic and continue to saute for 2 more minutes.
- Add the tomato paste and saute it in the olive oil for about 2 minutes to help it soften.
- Add green beans, broth, diced tomatoes, oregano, and plenty of salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 3-4 hours, or until the green beans are nice and tender.
- When green beans are very tender, remove from heat and uncover. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon, stir. Taste and add salt and pepper, to taste, if needed.
- Serve and enjoy!