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French Beans With Tomatoes Recipe (Haricots Verts à la Provençale)

French Beans With Tomatoes Recipe (Haricots Verts à la Provençale)

This colourful combination of Provençal flavours makes a pleasant change from plain green beans. Served cool or at room temperature, it is good as a starter or hors d’oeuvre.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dishes, Vegetarian
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 87.7 kcal


  • 450 g/1 lb ripe tomatoes
  • 15 ml/1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 225 g/1/2 lb French beans, trimmed and cut into 2 or 3 pieces
  • 30 ml/2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Score a shallow cross in the base of each tomato and plunge them into the boiling water for about 45 seconds, then plunge into cold water . Peel off the skins, halve the tomatoes and scoop out and discard the seeds. Chop coarsely.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over a medium heat, add the shallot and garlic and cook for 2—3 minutes until just softened.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and continue cooking for about 10 minutes until the liquid has evaporated and the tomatoes are soft, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil, then add the beans and cook for 4-6 minutes until just tender. Drain the beans and stir into the tomato mixture, then cook for 1-2 minutes until heated through. Serve immediately or, if preferred, allow to cool for an hour or two and serve at room temperature.
Keyword Vegetarian