Mondays with Mami – Judías Verdes Con Salsa de Tomate (Green Beans in a Tomato Sauce)

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I can tell by my posts that I’m entering into full blown preserving mode.  During the summer most of my time is spent in the garden, harvesting and preserving.  However, I’m also in the kitchen with my mami.  It’s so refreshing and relaxing to spend an afternoon with her cooking.  Yesterday, bright and early we hit the farmers market and bought some wonderful fresh produce.  At the market, I asked my mami what we should make with green beans.  Like any well versed Spaniard she started mentioning all sorts of recipes.  This is why I love to cook with my mami.  She knows her seasons and she knows how to cook.  We settled on judías verdes con salsa de tomate.  A traditional Spanish side of simmered green beans in a homemade tomato sauce. We paired it with a side of fried potatoes, a green salad and a Spanish Rioja wine.  The perfect summer meal.  Light, fresh, and seasonal.

My Mami!
Judías Verdes Con Salsa de Tomate (Green Beans in a Tomato Sauce)
  • 1lb green beans
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 tbls extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to season


  1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil.  Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent.
  2. Add the green beans, cover and sweat for 5-10 minutes.
  3. While the green beans are cooking, bring a pot of water to boil.
  4. Add the tomatoes to the large pot of boiling water and boil for 45 seconds.
  5. Remove the tomatoes and under cold water, slide their skins off.
  6. With your hands, literally crush the tomatoes into the pan of green beans releasing most of their juices.
  7. Break up the remaining tomatoes until they barely cover the green beans.
  8. Add salt to taste
  9. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 20 – 25 minutes or until the tomato sauce has reduced to a thick sauce and the green beans are tender.
  10. Serve with a side of fried potatoes, a green salad, and a Spanish red wine.

Buen Provecho!

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    24 Responses to "Mondays with Mami – Judías Verdes Con Salsa de Tomate (Green Beans in a Tomato Sauce)"
    1. Belinda @zomppa says:

      She's so sweet! Great recipe – now's the time to take advantage of all those fresh vegetables.

    2. girlichef says:

      This sounds so fresh and delicious! I was looking forward to a Monday with mami!!! Never fails to make me smile =)

    3. Frank says:

      Well, these are just like my grandmother's fagiolini in umido! I guess great cuisines, like great minds, think alike…

    4. Cookin' Canuck says:

      I love your Monday with Mami. What a pretty, simple way to prepare green beans.

    5. Brie: Le Grand Fromage says:

      aww, Mami looks so happy in her brightly colored kitchen. i don't think i look that happy cooking beans, but all these delicious recipes are certainly making me crave some.

    6. Melisa says:

      My Italian great grandma used to make this exact same thing…so delicious and to this day one of my very favorite things!

    7. jose manuel says:

      Esta receta puedo decir de primera mano que esta buenisima, nosotros la cocinamos de vez en cuando.

      Te ha quedado genial SAludos

    8. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

      Wow Diane, that is one wonderful looking green beans recipe. Loving it.

      I too am enjoying my gardening this year.

    9. Sweet and Savory says:

      I realized that I don't get to the Two for Tuesday gang enough so I am going to make an effort to visit you all. I learn so much at Heather and Alex's blogs. I want to learn from everyone. Thanks for hosting it.

      I kind of fell in love with this recipe and would like it, if you would link it to My Meatless Mondays.

      I hope it is all right to link below with a pure recipe. That eggplant and tomato recipe was delicious but it was just pure taste and oh so good.

    10. maybelle's mom says:

      one of my friends used to make this all the time–I just made it a few days ago. green beans are fab with tomato.

    11. Christy says:

      I want a Mami to cook with! I love dishes like this – ones that you know taste fabulous because they have been on the menu for generations! Thanks for sharing!

    12. the clark clan says:

      Very cool diana! Reminds me a bit of the greek green beans my mom makes, though hers are not spicy! I love the combo of hot and green! :) thanks so much for hosting and posting on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! :) Alex@amoderatelife

    13. Kitvy says:

      Sound yummy. Amazing.

    14. Penny says:

      Sounds perfect for this time of year. Your Mami is very wise.

    15. Terry says:

      Great Recipe!!! And I am able to eat it too….bonus! I have candida and have a very limited diet.

      I am a new follower, hope you stop by my blog and follow me back

      I am following you from Tuesday Recipe Blog Hop, My Journey With Candida
      My entry this week is Make Your Own Nut Butters

    16. April@The 21st Century Housewife says:

      What a wonderful recipe – it sounds just scrumptious. I love green beans and I love salsa/tomatoes so it is perfect for me! Thank you for sharing it.

    17. Arnold says:

      This is a way of preparing beans that I have never tried before. This looks interesting.

    18. tigerfish says:

      I did something green beans too for REAL FOOD this week :) and I love your recipe cos I love tomatoes. Will try this sometime. Thanks!

    19. Butterpoweredbike says:

      You should have seen me out in the rain last night, picking green beans. I can hardly keep up with them now. I'm greatful to have another recipe.

    20. Couscous & Consciousness says:

      Delicious sounding beans – looking forward to the arrival of summer and bean season here so that I can try this.

    21. Couscous & Consciousness says:

      Delicious sounding beans – looking forward to the arrival of summer and bean season here so that I can try this.

    22. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

      I love beans, they are my favorite side dish! This looks like a simple, delicious way to prepare them! Thanks!

    23. Hannelore says:

      I have always loved this dish and never knew quite how to cook it. Thank you for sharing!

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