green beans in tomato sauce with olives

Green beans with tomatoes and black olives

A delicious recipe for green beans with tomatoes and black olives. A wonderful, yet simple, summer side dish that makes the best of the beans.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword green beans in tomato sauce, green beans with tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Mandy Mazliah


  • 2 handfuls of green beans trimmed (around 150-200g)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • handful pitted black olives drained and rinsed (around 100g)
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • dash balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Metric - US Customary


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the green beans, bring to the boil again, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for around 4-5 minutes until the beans are tender.

  2. Drain and set aside. If you wish you can place them in a bowl filled with iced water to stop them from cooking further but this isn't essential.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for a minute before adding the chopped tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and oregano.

  4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.

  5. Stir in the olives, the green beans, add a squeeze of lemon juice and grind in some salt and black pepper to taste. Serve warm.