Fasolakia (Green Beans Stew)

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as picking fresh vegetables from your garden.  Add some herbs and spices or a special sauce, and those veggies make life worth living. My favorite garden vegetable is the green bean. When my dad’s green beans start producing, it means fasolakia will soon be on the table. You can enjoy fasolakia throughout the summer months when the beans (and the tomatoes that are blended in) are at their freshest. Or, be like me, a person who eats fasolakia year round. When the bean and tomato vines are wilted from the garden in the colder months, I go with store bought beans and canned tomatoes. Fasolakia is a “lathera” dish, meaning a dish that is nearly drowned in olive oil. Lots of olive oil! The olive oil, herbs, and tomatoes combine with the beans for a wonderful sauce, so make sure to have plenty of psomi nearby when you make this dish because you’ll certainly want to sop up every last drop of juice when you reach the end of your bowl.

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Fasolakia (Green Beans Stew)
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Recipe type: Main Course/Vegetarian
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4-6
 
Fasolakia is a “lathera” dish, meaning a dish that is nearly drowned in olive oil. The olive oil, herbs, and tomatoes combine with the beans for a wonderful sauce, so make sure to have plenty of bread nearby when you make this dish because you’ll certainly want to sop up every last drop of juice when you reach the end of your bowl.
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ lbs green beans (fresh or packaged)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups whole tomatoes, chopped to medium pieces (canned or fresh)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Snap the ends of the green bean and discard the ends. Pull out the string from the spine of green beans, and snap in half if the beans are too long. Wash and drain the trimmed beans in a colander.
  2. In a large pot, heat half of the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onions until they soften. Add in the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, and the remaining olive oil. Add the green beans and mix in well. Add additional seasonings to taste.
  4. Cover the pot with the lid and simmer on low to medium heat for approximately one hour, stirring occasionally. Add more seasoning to taste.
  5. Towards the end of the hour, check the beans and sauce. The beans should be tender and a sauce should have formed. If you like a thicker sauce, remove the lid so excess liquid evaporates. If you like more sauce, add more olive oil or water.
  6. Once satisfied, stir in the parsley. Serve warm with feta and bread.
Notes
-For a heartier meal, chop and add in potatoes or zucchini (add in before the beans).
-For a tasty topping, add crumbled feta or kalamata olives when serving.

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