Fresh Basil with Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh Basil with Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total: 25 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Freshly snipped basil gives this green bean and cherry tomato salad wonderful invigorating aroma and flavor.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed, or 2 (9-ounce) packages frozen whole green beans, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons snipped fresh basil plus to garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered


  1. Place the green beans into a steam basket over a saucepan of boiling water and steam for 5 minutes until tender.
  2. Put the butter into a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the beans and sauté for 3 minutes before adding the mushrooms and cooking for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the water, basil, sugar, salt, and pepper and then cook the mixture, covered, for 4 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes to the pan and toss to combine. Garnish the dish with fresh basil and serve.


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