Flat Bean and Cherry Tomato Mash-up
A saute of tender, meaty flat beans with an easy sauce of smashed cherry tomatoes makes a delicious Summer side dish
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 red onion sliced into thin slices
- 2 lb Italian flat beans snapped into bite size pieces
- 1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes Different varieties if available but simple red cherry tomatoes work fine
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tbsp vinegar I used a shrub syrup, but any vinegar works
Snap off any stems remaining on the beans and cut or break into about 2” lengths. Rinse beans with water.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over med-high heat. When oil is starting to get hot add the onion slices and cook over medium heat until caramelized (about 5 min.)
When onions are somewhat caramelized, add the beans and sauté for a few minutes to crisp the outside (don't burn them).
Add some water to cook the beans in to soften (I added about 1 1/2 cups but it depends on how many beans you have in your skillet - slightly cover them). Cook this mixture down until the water has almost evaporated and the beans are soft (about 5-7 min).
Add the cherry tomatoes and mash into the mixture with a potato masher or a fork. Cook until the mixture is heated through.
Season to your liking with salt and serve. If you are using a shrub vinegar or another vinegar, just drizzle some over the finished dish and go ah-h-h-h.
Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 799mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2550IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg