Long Bean In Tomato Sauce With Linguine
You see in the photo of all the beautiful vegetables given to me by the wonderful lady from New Jersey that there are some very long beans, I have had long beans in Asian cuisine but never actually made them myself. I decided to take this Asian green bean and take them to Italy. This dish is similar to something my Mom made when I was a child. She would cook green beans in tomato sauce,the tomato and green beans were usually from my Fathers garden. It was one of my favorite meals, I loved to grate some pecorino romano cheese on top and eat with bread. I changed it a little adding some linguine to the beans and sauce.
Long beans have a distinct flavor similar but not exactly like green beans. If I had to describe it I would say it’s more floral if that makes any sense to you. They are delicious and become very tender when cooked. The beans were cooked with shallot and garlic in tomato sauce from those beautiful fresh tomatoes you see here. You really don’t need a recipe for this, nothing has to be exact, make it according to taste.
Long Beans in tomato sauce:
Approximately 1/2 lb long beans, washed, stem end cut and cut the beans to whatever size you find manageable.
2 cups puree tomato
2 cloves garlic
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Optional tbs of butter
Heat some olive oil in a saute pan, add the shallot, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and saute until they softens, add the beans and toss to combine with the oil and aromatics saute for a couple of minutes. Add the tomato sauce, turn the heat to medium, cover with lid slightly adjar and let cook stirring occasionally until sauce has reduced and beans are cooked through.After the beans are cooked you can add the optional tbs of butter.
Cook your linguine or pasta of your choice to desired doneness and add to the tomato and beans, cook for a minute or two. Turn off the heat grate some romano or parmigiano or both on top and toss to combine.