Potato-String Bean Stew

One morning, this weekend, we woke up, and I decided to make something heftier for breakfast, or in this case brunch? It was already almost 9:40 a.m., and I knew Phoenix and I would be making a couple of stops before heading out to take my mom to the San Francisco airport that afternoon. A heftier meal seemed appropriate for the day that lay ahead of us. I had a fresh pack of string beans in the fridge, so I decided to make a string bean stew with rice. Below I've outlined each step to making the stew with pictures and videos. A few steps don't have videos because I was not able to upload them.

Time to make: Approximately 40 minutes (includes, prep and cook time).

Serves: Approximately 9 people (We shared, and had it for a couple of days.)

13 Ingredients:
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 2 tomatoes peeled and diced
  • 1/2 can of tomato sauce (a small can of tomato paste works too.
  • Sea salt to personal preference (if it needs more flavor add more salt)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (I didn't add it during this recipe because I was out of it, but it can be added when onions sautee or when you add potatoes.)
  • 4 peeled and squared potatoes
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced into strips
  • 1 -12oz package of fresh string beans
  • 4 cups of water (I accidentally added 5 cooking this recipe, so it had a little extra water.)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (I forgot to add this while cooking, so I added it once served.) 
  • 1 handful of fresh chopped parsley (If you're out of fresh parsley you can add dry parsley too.)
Outlined Steps:

1.) First I peeled and diced one onion, and put it in the pot to to sautee at medium-high with some olive oil.

2.) Then I peeled and minced three garlic cloves, and added it to sautee with my onion. 

3.) Then I peeled and diced two tomatoes, and added those once my onions were clear looking.  I then added salt to personal taste.

4.) After my tomatoes had simmered for a couple of minutes I added about half a can of tomato sauce. 

5.) After a few minutes of simmering I added four peeled and cubed potatoes. 

6.) Then I mixed the ingredients, and added four cups of water, and salt to taste. 

7.) When the water came to a boil I added one carrot that I peeled and cut into strips. 

8.) I then added a whole 12 oz. package of ready to use string beans. They came already washed. Except I cut the ends of off one side (the other sides ends were already cut).

9.) I added salt to personal taste and put the temperature higher. The stew was boiling before I added about a handful of fresh  chopped parsley towards the very end. 

10.) By the time you've added all ingredients your stew should be cooked, if you like it al dente like me. I sometimes use a fork to poke through a potato to check if it goes through all the way, and if it does, it's done. I then turn the stovetop off, and cover. 

11.) Serve with white rice, and enjoy! Let me know, by leaving a comment, if you'd like the recipe to my white rice. 

Phoenix excited about helping in the kitchen.


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