Greek Green Beans Cooked in Olive Oil

Maria *


This is another famous summer dish. Vegetable dishes cooked with olive oil and tomatoes are referred to as lathera in Greek.
“Lathi” means olive oil in greek, "lathera" those cooked in olive oil. The most popular vegetable to make "lathera style" is the green bean, but you can try this dish with okra, peas or potatoes as well, using the same amounts.
You can serve this with some crumbled feta on top or the side and some fresh bread for dipping in the savory sauce.
I've tweaked the recipe a bit to how I cook my green beans.
Basic recipe is from Picture is my own!

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30 Min


45 Min


Stove Top


2 lb
green beans, cleaned & trimmed
1/2 c
olive oil
large onion, diced
2 clove
garlic, minced
medium potatoes, cut in large wedges
carrots, cut in half (optional)
1/2 c
chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp
tomato paste
1 c
canned crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 c
warm water
1 tsp
salt and pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for about one minute.
I usually add the potatoes in the pot and saute them for a couple of minutes. Then add the green beans. At this point when I have carrots I add them also.

But if you don't like sauteing or are in a rush just add green beans, potatoes & carrots if using, all at once.
Dissolve the tomato paste in the water and add, along with the crushed tomatoes, parsley, and sugar. Lower the heat to medium low and simmer covered for about 45 minutes or until the green beans are tender but not mushy.
In the last ten minutes of cooking season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tip: Be sure to monitor the liquid levels while the beans are cooking. You might need to add a little bit of water to avoid sticking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Greek
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy