I make Portuguese rice once a week but I particularly use this recipe every summer during my green bean harvest.
If you’ve ever eaten Heirloom Green Beans you know there is nothing like them since they are tender, sweet, and full of vitamins.
I grow my Portuguese green beans in my garden every year from bean seeds given to me by my friend who saves her seeds every year.
They are extremely easy to grow and all you need is about 6 plants to give you a pretty good harvest.
The only extra care they need is that need watering every day, and you may have to spray them once or twice to get the garden beetles off them.
2 cups fresh green beans (use frozen Italian Green Beans if you don’t have fresh)
2 cups long grain rice
1/2 small onion finely chopped
1 small very ripe tomato
2 tbsp of Olive Oil
4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
1 tsp salt
Saute the onion with the olive oil in a medium heavy saucepan until translucent. Add the tomato and cook for about 1 minute and crush it with your spoon.
Add the water or stock on cook until boiling on medium heat. Add the rice and salt. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Uncover the rice, and add the green beans. Stir, cover, and let the rice cook for another 10 minutes on medium.
Stir the rice a few times. If you notice the rice needs water, add only 1/2 cup of boiling water at a time.
*Do not add cold water to rice after it has already cooked.
Enjoy this recipe!