Monday, March 17, 2014

Fasolia - Saucy Greek Green Beans


Greek style green beans or "Fasolia" is no ordinary green bean recipe! 

If you are looking for a recipe to perk up the way you serve green beans than this might be it! 
It has a rich tomato sauce taste. The first time I tasted string beans prepared this way, it was love at first bite.

The beans are sautéed in onions and then cooked down with marinara sauce and broth. The flavor and texture are delicious . The recipe can be made rather quickly and will be enjoyed by all.

My mother- in- law has been making for this recipe for years. She grew up in the Middle East, but her mother was originally from Italy and her dad from Syria. I'm not sure the origin of the recipe, but my mother in law calls it " Fasolia Kadra ".. so I'm assuming it is Middle Eastern ( Egyptian) or Greek.

Fasolia makes a great side with just about any meal. In addition, it meets gluten free and vegan standards. I like exploring old time ethnic recipes for preparing vegetables. It adds a nice variety to the otherwise more common way of steaming or stir frying them.

Of course, I love eating string beans raw as well . I like to add raw string beans to a crudites platter of raw veggies for company with a tasty dip.  They are truly delicious just as nature intended them as well as cooked .  

raw string beans on a paper plate
I bought French Beans which are slimmer ( any string bean will do)
If you are going to cook them, you can't beat making them the Greek or Middle Eastern way!

Author: Judee Algazi - Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

1/2 pound of fresh string beans, washed and stems snipped off
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 cup of marinara sauce( or 5 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped)
1/4 cup of vegetable broth or 1/4 cup water.
olive oil spray (or 2 Tablespoons olive oil)
Optional: fresh garlic to taste, minced
** if you use fresh tomatoes, you may need to add salt and pepper

Saute chopped onion ( and garlic if desired)  in olive oil in a large skillet until translucent.
Add the whole string beans on top of the cooked onions, top with marinara sauce ( or fresh tomatoes)  and then add vegetable broth to the skillet. Cover and cook on medium to low until string beans are tender and sauce cooks down ( about 15-20 minutes)

Serve as a side dish with any meal.

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Vegetarian Tip of the Day: 
I found a website for  called Veggin' Out and About - with vegetarian restaurant reviews for travelers by state . It also had many vegetarian recipes. Among them was an Ethiopian Recipe for Fasolia with string beans, carrots, and spices.. looks good

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  may be shared on a few of the following blog carnivals

large bag full of string beans


  1. I'm always looking for new veggie recipes. This sounds great! Thanks again for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  2. This recipe is one I grew up with (in an immigrant Italian family) I'm wondering, however, if the name should be "Fagioli" which means beans in Italian... Often times ethnic words are spelled as they sound !

  3. Judee, this is a great sauce for the fresh green beans. Can't wait to get the beans from my garden again. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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