Neapolitan String Beans



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

  • 2 medium plum tomatoes, cored and cut into ¼-inch dice

  • 1 ½ pounds string beans, trimmed and washed, but not dried

  • 1 large sprig fresh basil


  1. Combine olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes in a medium saucepan. Add tomatoes and green beans. Place over medium-low heat, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add basil, and cook, covered, for 5 minutes more. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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