Recipe for Sautéed String Beans with Tomatoes

Eat Healthy This January!

Jodi Abel

I love Romano string beans. I first tasted them during one of my visits to Italy, and I instantly fell in love with them! They are long, flat string beans and are available at any Farmer’s Market. Below is one of my favorite, healthy recipes for a string bean side dish. Simple, yet delicious, it is the perfect dish for the beginning of the spring season!


1 pound Romano string beans (you can also use fresh green beans)
6-8 ripe Roma tomatoes, diced (or 28- ounce can of crushed tomatoes)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1-2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt fresh ground pepper and chili flakes, to taste

Clean and trim the ends off Romano string beans, but leave them long. Clean and dice tomatoes. In a large sauté pan, add ½ cup water and boil. Add string beans, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes until tender.

Drain beans and dry pan. Heat olive oil and add string beans, garlic, and tomatoes. Sauté for 8–10 minutes. Add sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve warm! This recipe serves 4.


Jodi Abel is a chef who teaches high-end, team-building cooking classes out of her beautiful home in La Jolla. She has hosted cooking classes for large Fortune 500 companies such as LensCrafters and Elsevier. For more recipes or to learn about how you can cook with Jodi Abel, visit her website.