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How to Make Flat Beans with Tomatoes for Dinner

Updated on December 16, 2017
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Flatbeans with Tomatoes for Dinner
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Little info about Flat Beans

A flat bean, also called Romano beans or Italian beans is a long bean with a wide edible pod. It usually grows on climbing vines. It’s a very common vegetable in the Netherlands and many people grow them in their garden or even on their balcony. It was common use to cut the bean into long diagonal slices before they were cooked and they use a Rotary Bean Slicerlike the one in the picture to do that. I’ve used one like that for many years.

It was a very handy kitchen help, but I actually never really liked the flat beans cooked that way. So one day I decided to cut the beans in small pieces and as I very much like to sauté my vegetables, I just swiftly sautéed those beans in a frying pan in a bit of oil until they were tender. Less work and I like them a lot better that way.

Growing Flat Beans

Flat beans and a Rotary bean slicer
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Flat Beans with Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 package Flat beans, or 2 if you are big eaters
  • 4 Tomatoes, Fresh
  • 2 spoons Oil, I always use Olive Oil
  • a pinch of Salt

Cook Time for Flat Beans with Tomatoes

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 4 people, depending how much you eat.

Preparing the Flat Beans

  1. Take the beans out of the package and cut off their head and tail with a sharp knife.
  2. Cut the beans into small pieces. Not to big or it will take a longer time for them to get soft and edible.
  3. Put the olive oil (or other oil if you don't like olive oil) in the baking pan and let it heat.
  4. Put in the sliced beans and stir them around with a wooden spoon until they all have been in contact with the oil. Stir them around for a few minutes and then lower the heat and put the lit on the pan and let the beans simmer for a while until they get darker and softer.
  5. Take the 4 or 5 tomatoes and cut them in small pieces. I never take of the skin of the tomatoes, because then they will get too mushy rather quick.
  6. When the beans are almost done (soft but still a bit firm) add the tomatoes and stir around carefully. When all is soft and hot, the flat beans with tomatoes are done.

Step by Step Photos

Step 1. Cut the beans
Step 1. Cut the beans | Source
Step 2. Put oil in the frying pan
Step 2. Put oil in the frying pan | Source
Step 3. Stir the beans and let them simmer
Step 3. Stir the beans and let them simmer | Source
Step 4. Cut the Tomatoes
Step 4. Cut the Tomatoes | Source
Step 5. Mix the Tomatoes with the Flat Beans
Step 5. Mix the Tomatoes with the Flat Beans | Source

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There's More for Dinner Than Only Flat Beans

Roasted Porc Chops Go Well with Flat Beans

In the Netherlands we have a slightly different way to eat our dinner than they do in the USA. We put our veggies, potatoes, and meat all in once on our plate. Even if we add a cold salad it's put on that same plate. Our portions are normally not that big, so it will all fit on that one plate.

Pork Chops

I do like pork chops, in fact it's about the only meat I eat besides the meat of my own sheep.

For this recipe I roast them in a special way. I add some powder spices like Coriander, Cumin and Turmeric and then some soya sauce while roasting the meat in a frying pan. It gives a delicious flavor to the meat and it goes very well with the flat beans.

The meat will take longer to cook, so you have to prepare that before your start with the flat beans.

Baked Potatoes and Fres Salad

Potatoes:

You can either bake some leftover potatoes or you can cook potatoes. Both go well with flat beans. I myself prefer baked potatoes.

Fresh Salad:

I always buy some simple ready made fresh salad, because it’s cheap and tastes good. Sometimes I add a little tin of sweet corn to it. You can of course make your own salad if you want to, but don't overdo it; the main veggie is the Flat Beans with Tomatoes.

Enjoy Your Meal!

Flat beans with Tomatoes
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    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      3 years ago from Planet Earth

      Titia - I learned a lot from your hub! I've heard the term 'flat beans' before, and I'm thinking they might be what we call lima beans here - not sure. But I do like eating them. Your recipes sound so good - and you might even be able to divide them up into several hubs to get more attention to the 'extra' recipes you included for us!

      Voted up and up. So glad you have you with us on HP! Welcome aboard!

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      Titia Geertman 

      4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Swisstoons: I don't think they're the same as Italian beans as far as I can see, but I don't know for sure. Flat beans (or pole beans) don't produce actual beans like the fava beans.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      That looks delicious. Would love to dig in! Am trying to make up my mind whether I'd like a beer or a glass of wine as accompaniment. Are these flat beans the same as Italian beans?

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      darkprinceofjazz 

      4 years ago

      My mother used to make these all the time with little unpeeled red potatoes and smoked sausage, after being cooked for hours with salt pork. LOL, she would put spoons full of bacon grease in there sometimes.

      After she developed carpel tunnel, guess who had to break those beans and pull the strings out? I used to dread that.

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      Tony Payne 

      4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We call them Runner Beans in the UK and we love them.

      We usually prepare them by chopping the ends off, then pushing them through a slicer that shreds them into thin strips.

      We then just add them to boiling water and cook them until tender.

      Best served with meat and potatoes and maybe other vegetables, and all smothered in British style with thick dark gravy.

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      Jim 

      4 years ago from Kansas

      I think it is the same thing we call pole beans around here. We have some growing in cages. We grow bush beans too. Whatever they are called, they are good to eat.

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