Romano beans sauteed with oregano

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Romano beans sauteed with oregano
(Los Angeles Times)

Rinse the beans under cold running water. Drain, leaving any water clinging to the beans. Trim the ends and set aside.


In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the shallots and saute over medium heat about 1 minute. Add the garlic and continue to saute for 30 to 45 seconds, until tender and fragrant but not browned. Remove the sauteed shallots and garlic from the pan with a slotted spoon, pressing any excess oil back into the skillet. Set aside.


Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the beans, oregano leaves, salt and pepper to taste. Saute over medium heat, stirring frequently until the beans are browned in spots and tender but retain some crispness, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook 2 minutes. Stir in the sauteed shallots and garlic. Cook just until aromatic, about 30 seconds.


Remove the pan from heat and let the beans cool slightly. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and allow contents to cool to room temperature. Remove the salad from the pan to a serving platter.

From Donna Deane. This dish was inspired by a recipe from “Chez Panisse Vegetables.” Romano beans can be special ordered at Whole Foods stores, or substitute Italian flat beans available at farmers markets (cut the flat beans in half crosswise as they are usually long).

Betty Hallock was the deputy Food editor, covering all things food and drink for the Saturday section and Daily Dish blog. She started at The Times in 2001 in the Business section and previously worked on the National desk at the Wall Street Journal in New York. She’s a graduate of UCLA and New York University.
Donna Deane
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