These beans are briefly boiled and tossed with cherry tomatoes in a buttery basil sauce to make the most yummy green beans ever! We serve these at Easter Dinner every year but are a delicious accent to any meal.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place beans and water in a large saucepan. Cover, and bring to a boil. Set heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain off water, and set aside.

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  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in sugar, garlic salt, pepper and basil. Add tomatoes, and cook stirring gently just until soft. Pour the tomato mixture over the green beans, and toss gently to blend.

Nutrition Facts

122.1 calories; 2.6 g protein; 12.6 g carbohydrates; 20.3 mg cholesterol; 294.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2006
I made this for for a small dinner party and it came out very good. I did skip the sugar and used grape tomatoes instead of cherry. I also sprinkled it with a mixture of italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, which gave it a nice touch. It was a nice change from plain ol' green beans! Would definitely make again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2005
A great idea to perk up ordinary green beans but I found the addition of sugar to be distracting-- too sweet even with only a tablespoon. Mind you my husband and children had no complaints! Will definitely try again without the sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2006
I made this for for a small dinner party and it came out very good. I did skip the sugar and used grape tomatoes instead of cherry. I also sprinkled it with a mixture of italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, which gave it a nice touch. It was a nice change from plain ol' green beans! Would definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2005
This was very good! A neighbor went on vacation and he told me to help myself to his garden! He had a lot of green beans and cherry tomatoes so I found this recipe on the ingredient search. I omitted the garlic salt and sautéed 2 cloves of garlic and a small shallot (like another reviewer) in the butter and then added the tomatoes. I then added salt pepper and basil and then I placed the green beans in the skillet so they could get a little of the spices cooked in them. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2005
A great idea to perk up ordinary green beans but I found the addition of sugar to be distracting-- too sweet even with only a tablespoon. Mind you my husband and children had no complaints! Will definitely try again without the sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2004
This outstanding vegetable dish had my vegetable-hating extended family raving at Thanksgiving dinner, and they REQUESTED it again for Christmas! Easy to prepare, BEAUTIFUL to present, good for you -- what's not to like? I steamed fresh green beans, sauted slivered garlic cloves in the butter, used grape tomatoes sliced in halves (less watery than cherry). I tossed the steamed beans into the butter & garlic concoction and sauteed a bit more, then added the tomatoes when I turned off the heat, so they simply picked up the warmth of the already prepared dish, and did not actually "cook" and get mushy. Fabulous, and THANK YOU for this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2005
Love this recipe as is have made it often but as a variation I add a little minced fresh garlic and onions to the butter sugar salt pepper & basil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2006
These were wonderful and looked absolutely beautiful! I used frozen whole green beans (16 oz) 1 cup of halved grape tomatoes increased the fresh basil to 1T and added more salt. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2006
Yum! I thought these were excellent...a great way to get your vegetables in. I did what another user suggested and crumbled bacon on top and it was great! Will make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2012
I omitted the sugar on purpose and the basil because I forgot but these were still delicious without either. I chose to use fresh minced garlic rather than garlic salt but I do think that would have been just fine too. I think 10 minutes cooking time is far too long - test after 5-6 minutes. I used Haricots Verts and five minutes cooked them to the "just tender" stage I prefer. (I hate crunchy "cooked" vegetables) Less cooking time no sugar and fresh minced garlic elevates this to a 5-star rating. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2005
Good recipe. I halved the butter and it was plenty. Next time I will use less sugar as it was a bit too sweet for my taste. Read More
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