Syrian Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

July 26, 2017 by Jenny Melrose

Syrian Green Beans in Tomato Sauce is a classic middle-eastern vegetable side dish. Green beans, onions, and seasonings are simmered in a delicious tomato sauce!

Syrian Green Beans in Tomato Sauce are the perfect easy side dish for nearly any meal! Serve these with chicken, fish, or steak and you have a delicious, well rounded meal! Growing up, we ate traditional middle eastern foods frequently, but when you are young, you don’t realize that you are eating differently than everyone else! On Fridays we didn’t eat meat and instead ate lentils and rice and at least once a week, we had a classic meal of kibbee, Syrian rice, and these green beans in tomato sauce. It wasn’t until high school that I realized everyone else eats meat on Fridays and that green beans in tomato wasn’t a “normal” food in other households!

It makes me so happy to see that Lebanese and Middle-Eastern restaurants are becoming so popular and that people are eating there on a regular basis! My culture is so important to me and I am embarrassed to admit that this is the first Lebanese recipe I am sharing! Although we are Lebanese, we refer to many of our recipes as Syrian, so that’s how the name came for this easy green bean recipe.

Let me tell you why you need to try this side dish recipe. Most importantly, these beans are so good. They are so flavorful and pair perfectly with nearly any dinner. They are also easy and healthy. I love that this recipe travels well and you can throw them in a slow cooker to stay warm and take to a dinner. My Mom frequently makes these for potlucks to help even out all the desserts and carbs people bring!

These green beans are the perfect starting point if you are trying to segway into cooking more ethnic foods! So delicious and so easy, I hope you love this family favorite recipe as much as we do!

 

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Syrian Green Beans in Tomato Sauce

These green beans are the perfect starting point if you are trying to segway into cooking more ethnic foods! So delicious and so easy, I hope you love this family favorite recipe as much as we do!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb green beans steamed
  • 1 medium sized onion sliced
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and onions. Cook onions 3-4 minutes, or until they start to become tender. Add garlic and cook another minute.

  2. Add green beans to the pan and stir well to combine. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and seasonings. Stir well and cover. 

  3. Let cook for 30-40 minutes, or until green beans are very tender and the tomato sauce has cooked down and thickened. Stir every 10 minutes or so. Before serving, check for seasonings and add more salt and pepper if desired.

 

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