There is a tradition in Italy of cooking vegetables such as green beans until they are softened and stewed with other ingredients, often with tomato. This goes against the grain with those people who prefer their green beans crisp. However, this is a good way of cooking green beans that do not have much taste to begin with!
If the taste of fennel is not to your liking, simply leave it out. This is a very good way of using up late season beans, which tend to be
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