International Recipes and Cooking Around the World


Green beans

(Greek green beans in tomato sauce)

Average: 4.5 (13 votes)

This vegetable dish is popular around the Mediterranean. In Arab countries it is known as loubieh bi zayt. In Turkey it goes by the name zeytinya─čl─▒ taze fasülye. Spaniards call it judías verdes con tomate. The long cooking time is necessary for the authenticity of the dish. The beans should be well cooked and soft.

4 to 6 servings


  • Olive oil -- 1/2 cup
  • Onion, thinly sliced -- 1
  • Green beans, trimmed -- 2 pounds
  • Tomatoes, seeded and chopped -- 1 pound or 2 cups
  • Water -- 1 cup
  • Parsley, minced -- 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste


  1. Heat the oil over medium flame in a large saucepan. Add the onion and sauté until wilted and translucent. Add green beans and sauté, stirring frequently, until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, water, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the green beans are well cooked, 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Adjust seasoning and serve immediately, at room temperature or chilled.


  • Add some chopped zucchini and potatoes along with the green beans if you like.
  • Saute 1 tablespoon garlic along with the onions.


I sauteed garlic with the onions and used canned San Marzano tomatoes. This dish is delicious. It tastes great the next day!