A Mediterranean Classic Green Beans

In Tomato Sauce with a Cinnamon Surprise

mediterranean green beans and tomatoes

There’s something undeniably comforting about a dish that has been passed down through generations, perfected by the taste test, and shared among friends and family. Today, I’m sharing a personal favorite that brings the warmth of the Mediterranean right to your kitchen table—green beans in tomato sauce. And the secret ingredient that makes this dish truly stand out? A hint of cinnamon.


  • Organic frozen cut green beans (5 bags for a hearty serving)
  • Organic canned diced tomatoes with spices (2 cans)
  • Tomato sauce (1 can)
  • Tomato paste (1 small can)
  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic (2 tablespoons)
  • Large white onions (1-2, depending on your preference)
  • Cinnamon (start with 1 tablespoon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sauté the Aromatics: Heat a generous drizzle of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and onions (two white onions for a larger batch) and sauté until they’re soft and golden.
  2. Add the Tomatoes: Pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Stir to combine the rich flavors.
  3. Season It Right: Season with salt and pepper, but don’t forget the star ingredient—a tablespoon of cinnamon. This is where you can trust your instincts and adjust to your taste.
  4. Simmer to Perfection: Add 1-2 cans of water, just enough to cover the green beans. Bring the pot to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for an hour, allowing the flavors to meld beautifully.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: This dish is perfect served over a bed of fluffy rice or nutty quinoa. It’s not just delicious; it’s a hug in a bowl.

This A Mediterranean Classic Green Beans recipe isn’t just about the food; it’s about the experience. The act of cooking, tasting, and adjusting as you go is a dance with the ingredients, leading to a meal that’s uniquely yours. And the best part? It freezes wonderfully, so you can relive the joy of this meal even on your busiest days.