Monday, January 30, 2012

Maria's Green Beans Italian-Style


2 pounds fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed of ends
4 large tomatoes or 1 can (about 1 pound) whole tomatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
3-6 large cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano or 1-2 tablespoons dried
Salt and pepper to taste
Snap the beans into 2-3inch pieces and wash well. Cook in boiling water for 5-6 minutes to soften slightly then drain well.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic and sauté until softened. Add the tomatoes fresh or a can, add oregano, salt and pepper to flavor. Cook to a simmer, uncovered, until tomatoes start to fall apart. Add the green beans and cook, covered, until tender.  Test for flavor and add more oregano, salt and pepper if desired.

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