-1 to 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
-3 green onions (white portion only), thinly sliced
-1/2 lb. very ripe fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded & diced,
or 1 can (14 oz.) plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped, with juices
-1 small dried red chili (optional)
-1 lb. Romano beans or green beans, ends trimmed
-Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
-1 T. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
In a saucepan large enough to hold the beans, warm the olive
oil over medium-low heat. Add the green onions and cook,
stirring, until translucent, about 8 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and chili, increase the heat to medium and
simmer, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes reduce slightly,
about 10 minutes.
Stir in the beans and season with salt and a few grinds of
pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the beans
are very tender, about 30 minutes.
Check frequently and add 2 tablespoons hot water if the sauce
looks dry. The dish can be prepared up to this point, cooled,
covered and refrigerated, and then reheated gently the next
day. It will taste even better the second day.
Transfer the beans to a warmed serving dish and sprinkle with
the parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
From Rome, by Constance Snow, 2005