Serve this lovely one-dish supper with good crusty Italian bread to sop up the luscious juices.
3tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
3 large clovesgarlic, sliced
1 large yellow onion, cut into thick ribs
¾poundstring beans, stems trimmed, cut in half
1ripe tomato, coarsely chopped, including juices
Sea salt and pepper
16-ounce can tomato paste
⅛teaspoonground cayenne pepper
5 large fresh basil leaves
Heat the oil in a heavy 4-quart pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, string beans, tomato, salt, and pepper. Stir well to coat with the oil. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened and released some of their juices.
Add the tomato paste, water, cloves, and the cayenne, stirring well to mix thoroughly. Coarsely chop the basil, then stir it into the string bean mixture.
Cover and bring to a medium-high boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the string beans are tender. Taste for seasonings.