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Neapolitan Green Beans

A staple at an Italian table, this vegetable side dish is slow-cooked with garlic, tomatoes, and a sprig of basil. Recipe by Lucinda Scala Quinn.

  • Servings: 6
Neapolitan Green Beans

Photography: Quentin Bacon

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2005


  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, flakes
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 medium tomato, cored and torn into pieces
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sprig fresh basil


  1. Rinse and drain green beans; place in medium saucepan while still slightly wet. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, tomato, and oil. Cover; cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until beans are soft, about 15 minutes.

  2. Add basil sprig; cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until most of the juices have evaporated, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl. Discard basil sprig before serving.

Cook's Note

To make sure the beans you buy are fresh, snap them in half; they should snap easily under light pressure and form beads of moisture around the breaks.


Reviews (2)

  • LER777 11 Oct, 2010

    These green beans were simply delicious!!!! My store was out of fresh basil so I had to substitute dried basil I already had in my spice cabinet for it. But other than that followed the recipe exactly and they were wonderful!!! Thanks, I have a new way to cook green beans!!!

  • optic747 18 Mar, 2009

    I halved this recipe and it was quite delicious. Next time I make it I may go a little easier on the garlic as it competed too much with the tomato and basil flavors. This was very easy to make and was more elegant than plain green beans.

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