Runner Beans with tomatoes & cheese

Very easy, like all recipes it's never the same amounts!  I often find I need more toms so usually throw in the split ones also, so the result is wetter and great with bread to soak up juices. 

If you have winter savory that is good as one of the herbs

Serves 2 as a supper or 4 as a side dish.


  • 1lb Runner beans
  • 1tbsp tom puree
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1tsp oregano and parsley or to taste
  • 1 onion
  • 2 oz grated cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and garlic (both finely chopped) until soft
  2. Chop the tomatoes and add to pan with tom puree.   Season and add chopped herbs.
  3. Simmer for about 20mins
  4. Cook the sliced runner  beans until tender
  5. Drain and arrange in a buttered oven proof dish
  6. Pour over the tomato sauce and top with mixture of cheese and breadcrumbs
  7. Bake in oven at 375/190 for 20min until brown