Slow-Cooked Bean & Tomato

This dish is a bit of a winner to put on the table along with a farmhouse loaf and some cheese. It’s so flavoursome and a really wonderful way of cooking those slightly larger french beans that got picked late!


  • 1-2 handfuls French beans, cut into inch long pieces
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 250g fresh tomatoes, chopped (or 1 tin chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Handful basil leaves, chopped
  • Glug of olive oil
  • Half tsp balsamic vinegar


  1. Add oil to a non-stick saucepan. Sweat the onions on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until soft & beginning to turn golden
  2. Add the beans & garlic and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add the tomatoes. Turn the heat low, cover the pan and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Add the basil and balsamic vinegar and serve.