What’s Cooking Wednesday: Pork, Italian Green Beans, and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

Home of What's Cooking WednesdayThis week’s What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe is one of my all-time favorites from childhood, i.e., comfort food at its finest. It’s so comforting that I made my mom make it while she was here in June, and this *so* isn’t a warm weather dish.

In fact, Pork, Italian Green Beans, and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce is a great stick-to-your-ribs-meat-and-potatoes meal that you could even throw in a crock pot if you’re a crock pot user.

And if you’re not into the meat thing, I have a feeling this would still be pretty tasty without the pork and with more veggies thrown in.

If you can’t get fresh beans, you can use canned green beans or string beans as well but they won’t need to be cooked nearly as long.

I don’t know of a snappier name than “Pork, Italian Green Beans, and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce” but since it so accurately represents the dish, I’m sticking with it.

Pork, Italian Green Beans, and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound of pork ribs (or other cut on the bone)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large can and 1 small can of tomatoes
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 pound green beans, washed with ends snapped off
  • A few basil leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1. Parboil beans by bringing water to a boil in a large pot and then adding the beans, letting them cook for about four minutes. Remove and set aside.

2. Heat oil in a saucepan and brown meat on all sides, remove from pan, and set aside. For great tips on browning meat (including why we do it), see Miss Vickie’s How to Brown Meat.

3. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent.

4. Add tomatoes.

5. Put meat back in the pan and add potatoes and green beans.

6. Add basil and salt.

7. Let simmer for an hour to an hour and a half until meat is cooked and tender.

8. Just a few minutes before you take the pan off the heat, add parmesan cheese and mix through.

9. Serve hot with fresh Italian bread.

Buon appetito!

17 Beans of Wisdom to “What’s Cooking Wednesday: Pork, Italian Green Beans, and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce”
  1. Gil

    Sounds good on this cold night.

    I *love* this on a cold night…and then leftover the next day for lunch. YUM!

  2. Oops, if this posts twice.

    Allora, this dish is something I would definitely call comfort food. Yum!!!

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Tears, fashion and congrats to my sister.

    Only posted once, and it’s *so* very comforting indeed 🙂

  3. casalba

    Great recipe, Michelle and WHAT A SPEECH!!

    casalba’s last blog post..Award

    Thanks, and YES!

  4. 01.21.2009

    Yum. Just yum.

    My Melange’s last blog post..Puccini and Pinot

    I’m biased, but I definitely agree 😉

  5. 01.21.2009

    I could use me some cold-weather recipes around now!

    anna l’americana’s last blog post..What the……?

    This is definitely great in cold weather 🙂

  6. 01.21.2009

    Ohh…This looks perfect for this frigid cold snap we’ve found ourselves in! Thanks for posting this.


    Hope you enjoy it as much I do Kate 🙂

  7. Bluestocking

    Boy that looks delicious! Now I’m really hungry.

    Mangia mangia!

  8. 01.21.2009

    Looks delicious. We make something similar but with sausage instead of pork ribs.

    The Food Hunter’s last blog post..Tim Tam Cookies Have Made It To The US…

    Mmmmm sounds great 🙂

  9. 01.21.2009

    Just right for a cold winters day meal…might have to have more recipes like that up on here. It is so cold here in Oxfordshire. 🙁

    anne’s last blog post..More from Colletta di Castelbianco, Liguria…

    Keep warm Anne! At least February is approaching quickly….

  10. 01.21.2009

    yum – that looks wonderful 🙂

    City Girl’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday – Roasted Asparagus

    Thanks! It’s so filling too 🙂

  11. 01.21.2009

    This looks perfect for this time of year!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Congratulations, Mr. President!

    Warm and hearty indeed Jen 🙂

  12. 01.22.2009

    sounds heart warming and looks delicious! …. funny you mention crock pots. We used ours for the very first time yesterday! We’ve had it for years… E made Beef stew.

    Mmmm I love beef stew 🙂

  13. 01.22.2009

    Sounds delizioso! Yummm…thanks for the great recipe!!! Can’t wait to make it!!!

    Connie Costa’s last blog post..THIGH FACTOR: ITALY VS. USA

    Hope you enjoy it Connie!

  14. 01.22.2009

    Looks and sounds wonderful. I think I’ll try this, perhaps tonight, but will substitute chicken instead of the pork. Thanks for the idea and the visual!

    Chuck’s last blog post..Once Upon a Time

    Great idea Chuck! Hope you enjoy!

  15. 01.23.2009

    I am drooling on my keyboard.
    Sounds scrumptious!

    Frances’s last blog post..photos from the road

    I know, their pastries sound especially lovely, don’t they?!

  16. Imani

    Ok, Michelle,

    Got it cooking on the stove just now…should be ready by 6:30 EST my time…..will let you know how I like it, but it is soooooooooooooooo Italian Grandmotherish, it would be difficult for me to not LOVE it! Got some fresh italian bread ready….Buon apetitto a tutti!


    Oh I sure hope you love it as much as I do….

  17. 01.27.2009

    Sounds absolutely delicious. The pork ribs with the tomatoes and spices… wow, wish I had time to work on this recipe tonight.

    Kim’s last blog post..Shoreline Realty for New Jersey – Apartments, Property and Homes in Sea Isle County

    Hope you get to try it Kim 🙂

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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