Stewed Romano Beans with Tomatoes

Braising the beans lends them a beautiful texture without sacrificing any of their gorgeous color!

Ingredients:
1½ pounds Romano beans, trimmed and cut in 2- to 3-inch lengths
1 cup grated or chopped peeled tomatoes (about 3/4 pound)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Feta cheese for topping
Cooked pasta or grains, such as bulgur, quinoa, polenta or brown rice (optional)

Method:
1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a wide, lidded skillet or Dutch oven and add onion and a pinch of salt. Cook gently without browning, stirring often, until tender and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute, until fragrant.

2. Stir in Romano beans, tomatoes and half the dill. Add ½ cup water, bring to a simmer, season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer 20 minutes, until beans are tender. Stir in remaining dill and olive oil and simmer another 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

3. Serve hot, warm or room temperature, with feta sprinkled over the top. If serving as a main dish, serve over cooked grains such as bulgur, quinoa, polenta or brown rice, or toss with pasta.

Italian Summer Recipes

The Italian summer calls to mind visions of flavorful pasta enjoyed alongside a bottle of fine wine and beautifully prepared garden-grown produce. Hence, this week’s box captures the flavors of summer by way of Italy with Skagit River Ranch’s organic Italian sausage and imported semolina pasta to toss with a super-fresh heirloom tomato sauce, plus garlic fougasse bread and creamy chevre cheese from Lost Peacock Creamery. Also included for this relaxed, refreshing meal: Ripe and juicy summer nectarines, Badge Flame beets and other seasonal highlights like Romano beans, English cucumber and Little Gem Romaine.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Summer Heirloom Tomato Pasta with Italian Sausage
This light and lovely pasta makes the best of summer heirlooms; we also recommend adding a dollop of creamy chevre to each serving!

Baked Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes
Juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs and a touch of cream lend rich appeal to this dish.

Cherry Tomato-Beet Salad
Topped with a mustard-balsamic dressing, this cherry tomato and roasted beet salad is incredibly flavorful.

Escarole Salad with Grana-Dijon Dressing
A wonderful side salad to this week’s pasta!

Romano Beans with Caramelized Tropea Onions
These beautiful beans are tossed with Italian red onions and fresh parsley.

Blueberry-Nectarine Buckle
This easy dessert is sure to please the whole family!

Good Morning Recipes

With drizzly mornings, pleasant afternoons and crisp evenings, it feels as if fall is in the air and what better way to celebrate the changing seasons than with a family-friendly feast centered around the breakfast table? Frittata-ready summer produce still abounds, from heirloom tomatoes and zucchini to eggplant and frying peppers, and this fresh lineup also includes our signature honey-citrus vinaigrette for drizzling over salads along with fresh chevre cheese; multigrain bread for morning toast; and the first of the fall apples to craft something sweet—enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Late Summer Vegetable Frittata
Packed with fingerling potatoes, frying peppers and leeks, this easy frittata boasts incredibly fresh flavor.

Baked Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes
Juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs and a touch of cream lend rich appeal to this dish.

Sautéed Apples
Kissed with fragrant cinnamon and brown sugar, these apples are a sublime brunch side.

Frisée Salad with Apples, Fresh Chevre Cheese and Hazelnuts
This salad is equally amazing with slices of juicy pear.

Stewed Romano Beans with Tomatoes
Braising the beans lends them a beautiful texture without sacrificing any of their gorgeous color!

Eggplant Caponata
This traditional Tuscan relish is lovely on toasted crostini.

Sun Ripened Recipes

No matter how you pronounce it, the word ‘tomato’ practically sings of summer, as well it should as the vine-ripened beauties are now at their best as the first heirlooms begin to arrive. This week’s box pays homage to the ripe, juicy tomato with both mixed heirlooms and Sungold cherry tomatoes, plus a bevy of complementary ingredients like focaccia bread, feta cheese and fresh, locally-made bucatini pasta, plus summery produce like purple eggplant, cucumbers and yellow Romano beans. So, uncork a bottle of wine, flip through this week’s recipe cards and then get cookin’ with these bright and beautiful summer favorites.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Ratatouille
This rustic Provencal dish is summer in a bowl, with summer squash, eggplant and tomatoes.

Chilled Tomato Soup
Sweet and deeply flavorful, this chilled soup from Martha Stewart is perfect for a hot summer’s night.

Fresh Bucatini Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes & Basil
Using top-notch olive oil and authentic Grana-style cheese are key to this dish’s success.

Heirloom Tomato & Herb Salad
A simple drizzle of oil and vinegar allows the natural tomato flavors to shine in this recipe from Martha Stewart.

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Zucchini
Brushed with a herb-kissed butter mixture, these zucchini slices pair well with grilled chicken, fish or steak.

Yellow Romano Beans with Caramelized Sweet Onions
These beautiful beans are tossed with flavorful onions and fresh parsley.

Plum Compote
This delectable compote is delicious spooned over yogurt, ice cream, even waffles or pancakes!

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