October 29th, 2008 by Melina

Green beans and potatoes in tomato sauce


Today on the Recipe Week menu — a Greek dish called Fasoulakia!  

It’s one of my favorite recipes.  It’s healthy, pretty, delicious, and it’s a good dish to make when you’re expecting a crowd.


  1. 1-1.5 lbs. green beans  (one full plastic bag)
  2. 1 head of garlic (at least)
  3. 2 medium onions
  4. 1 large can of tomatoes (or fire roasted tomatoes)
  5. 1 box vegetable broth
  6. 4-5 potatoes
  7. olive oil
  8. salt



Clean and cut the tips off the beans.  Sweat the onions and garlic in olive oil.  Put the tomatoes trough a strainer over the pot and mash them up and get the juice out (this helps create the sauce).  Add the tomatoes to the pot.  Add beans and bring to a boil.  While this is happening, cut the potatoes lengthwise into wedges.  Add potatoes to pot.  Cover mixture with vegetable broth.  Bring back to boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 45 min. or until potatoes are fully cooked.

When the beans and potatoes are ready, remove them from the pot with a slotted spoon.  Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce until it thickens.  Mix the sauce back into the beans.

Next up — Hummus (not Greek, but it’s good so why not?)

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5 Responses

  1. Ilana

    Can we just use tomato puree?

  2. admin

    I don’t see why not. I need to get a photo of the final product to add to this post. The tomato sauce is really thin. It’s not like what goes on pasta. And the chunks of tomato are good.

    But I’m sure it would be delicious w/ puree also. Maybe thin it out a little with the broth?

    If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  3. Pam

    Sorry, not a green bean person. Every Thanksgiving my father-in-law makes fun of me while deliberately passing them to me.

  4. Melissa Blue

    You know this made me want to cook. Or do a cooking like activity. I’ll keep this recipe for the future. *I love green beans.*

  5. admin

    Pam — My family enjoys it way too much when I have to eat a piece of parsley dipped in salt water at our Passover seders. They know I detest parsley with a passion. Family can be so cruel.

    Melissa — Let me know if you have any good recipes!

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