Nobody Else

Green Beans with Spicy Tomato Sauce


Time for the January installation of Random Recipes!  This month the amazing Dom of Belleau Kitchen challenged us to try a recipe from a friend’s cookbook, which worked out perfectly.  For the past few weeks one of my coworkers had been talking about a new cookbook she got and how I had to give it a try.  After telling her about the challenge this month she brought the cookbook right in and started showing me all the recipes from it that I had to try.  Up until she brought in Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain cookbook I had no idea what the book would be, and got quite the kick out of it being a British cookbook since the challenge this month was inspired by UK based Dom being in the US visiting family.  I had my co-worker pick my recipe and she selected the Green Beans with Spicy Tomato Sauce which I had no objections with, outside of one slight dietary tweak.   I also had to figure out what a “knob” of butter was since that is not a standard US measurement.

Nobody Else

serves 4-5, as a side


2 tbsp butter - "one knob" (I used soy butter)

1 tbsp olive oil

4 scallions, chopped until it starts to become dark green

1/2 tbsp chili powder (or tabasco)

5 large tomatoes, grated

1 lb green beans, tips removed and halved


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then add the olive oil and scallions. Cook for 2 minutes before adding the chili powder and grated tomato.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn down to a simmer, cooking for 8minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile bring a pot of water to a boil and add the green beans, cook for 5 minutes, then pour the beans in to a water bath. Serve the green beans over the sauce and enjoy!

I’m not sure how knob-like my knob was but this recipe was delicious!  Everything came together so quickly and the sauce had just the right amount of oomph.  I also have a feeling that this sauce would go great with zucchini or squash – maybe even tofu!   I can’t wait to see what other recipes this amazing cookbook has, hopefully my coworker will let me borrow it for a little bit longer.

2 thoughts on “Nobody Else

  1. it is the perfect book to compliment my American one… very clever!… love those green beans, that’s a fab recipe and I love that book too, I think it’s one of my favourite Jamie books… lovely random recipes entry this month Amanda, thanks for entering x

    1. It’s my first Jamie Oliver book and the recipes in it all look rather amazing – can’t wait to try a few more! Thanks again for hosting 🙂

Comments are closed.