Green Beans and Potatoes in Chunky Tomato Sauce

For the side dish, Paul and Frances made Green Beans and Potatoes in Chunky Tomato Sauce. For this recipe, we used canned whole tomatoes. If you prefer fresh tomatoes, this is how to peel the skin easily. Make a small X on the bottom side of the tomato with a sharp knife. Place tomato in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove tomato using a slotted spoon; immediately submerge in a bowl of icy cold water. Let stand for one minute. Skin should pull off easily with a sharp knife.


The green beans are cooked perfectly and they are tender and yet still crisp.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced red potato
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro or 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 3/4 pound plum tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped (or drain and chop 1 1/2 cups canned whole tomatoes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper


This Green Beans and Potatoes in Chunky Tomato Sauce is adapted from Cooking Light, and it serves 8.


Green-Beans-Tomato-Sauce-2-300x200Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic to pan; saute 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Green-Beans-Tomato-Sauce-3-300x200Add potato, celery, salt, and beans; saute 1 minute.
Green-Beans-Tomato-Sauce-4-300x200Add 1/4 cup water; cover and cook 5 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Add cilantro/basil and tomatoes.

Cover, reduce heat, and cook 4 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in peppers.

Paul and France, thank you for making this side dish.

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  1. etranger

    The potatoes cook in the same time as the beans? That’s pretty great. Be sure to cut your potatoes up as small as shown or they would take longer to cook, I think. Choosing smaller newer potatoes would help too (and they are tasty).

    I’ll try this. It looks really good!

    A traditional dish in early summer when the new potatoes are small and the peas are in is to saute them together. This dish reminds me of that, but that does not have tomato.

  2. MizzJ

    I’d be interested to know as well if the potatoes take that amount of time to cook. I’m inclined to think not :p

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