Fresh Shell Beans, Roman Style

-Shell 1 pound of fresh shell beans.

-Make a big X on the bottom of 2 tomatoes.

-Submerge in boiling water for 3 minutes.

-Drain tomatoes and then peel under running water.

-Roughly chop the tomatoes

-Finely chop the following:

1 small onion

2 cloves of garlic

-Sauté a few minutes in some good olive oil in a medium saucepan. 

-Add the beans and chopped tomatoes with water to cover. 

-Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes (taste the beans to make sure they’re cooked through and creamy). 

-Add some sea salt to taste and some chopped herbs, sage is the most popular, but use whatever you have. 

-These beans make a great starter course served in their own cooking water, drizzled with some more olive oil. Or mash them and put them on toast as crostini.