String Beans in Tomato Sauce


  • green beans, stems removed
  • 1 jar of tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup cooking water
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • parmesan for garnish
  • red pepper flakes, quantity as desired (optional)



  1. Bring well-salted water to a boil in a large pot
  2. Remove them stems from the beans then add to pot and cook for 6 minutes or until fork tender. They should have a slight bite to them, as they will continue to cook in the sauce
  3. Once cooked, drain and set aside in a colander. While the beans are cooking, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat for 1-2 minutes
  4. Add the tomato puree, sugar, red pepper flakes, and cook on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, as desired
  5. Transfer the beans to the sauce and continue to simmer in the sauce for 5 minutes or so, stirring to ensure all the beans are coated in the sauce


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