What do you do when the green beans you bought are a little too long in the tooth and tough? Slow-braise them until they’re tender in a tomato-based broth! What do you do if you’re out of Rao’s marinara sauce (I normally make a 1:1 ratio of Rao’s:chicken broth braising liquid)? You can make your own!
I adapted this recipe from Deborah Madison’s Green Beans Simmered with Tomato in her cookbook, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 1 large onion, sliced thin
- Kosher salt
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound trimmed green beans, cut into uniform 2-inch pieces
- 1 (14-ounce) can Muir Glen diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained
- 1-2 cups chicken broth or bone broth
- Freshly ground black pepper
Melt the ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the ghee melts, throw in the onions and a sprinkle of salt and sauté until translucent.
Add the minced garlic, green beans, tomatoes, and enough broth to cover everything. Increase the heat to high until the broth comes to a boil. Then, cover the skillet with a lid and reduce the heat to low to produce a constant simmer.
Let the beans simmer for 5-10 minutes (or as long as it takes) to get tender. Remove lid and simmer to reduce liquid for ~5 minutes. Taste the beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. Plate it up.
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