Green Beans the Swiss Way!

Greens beans are just coming into season and what a treat they are when they are so fresh! I put my own twist on this swiss way of cooking them and what a great dish it is! The fresh herbs I use in this dish make it taste wonderful. Summer savory is one of the best herbs for beans, which earns it it's german name: Bean herb. You can use just one of the herbs mentioned and multiply the quantity or use all or some of them. green beans


  • 1 pound of green beans, cut into halves or thirds
  • 1/2 pound of tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1/2 bouillon cube (I like Rapunzel, whole foods, berkeley bowl)
  • 2 sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon of marjoram, oregano, thyme, summer savory each. Cut the herbs if you are using fresh ones.
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a heavy pan
  2. Add onions and garlic, saute for a few minutes
  3. Add green beans and tomatoes, saute for 2-3 minutes
  4. Add water, bouillon and herbs.
  5. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until done.