Roasted Green Beans – an often overlooked delight, and a delicious way to cook fresh beans. They come together quickly and they don’t come from a can! 

Roasted Green Beans on an oval serving plate

Fresh Roasted Green Beans are an misunderstood veggie! Relegated to cans and mushroom casserole, we forget about their natural fresh taste and crunchy texture- not to mention their health benefits! Roasted Green Beans are a great way to showcase this summertime vegetable in all its yumminess!

I love the simplicity of this recipe. I went simple and didn’t fuss with a vinaigrette unlike Roasted Green Beans balsamic vinegar versions. I really wanted to let the green beans shine. I also didn’t add garlic to the mix for the same reason, but hey you can’t go wrong with a diced clove of garlic if you’re a fan of Roasted Green beans with garlic. That’s another fantastic aspect of this recipe. You can make it your own in so many different ways!

How to Make Roasted Green Beans?

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to cook veggies, and green beans are no exception! Roasted Green Beans are easy to make, taste great, and have minimal prep and clean-up.

Begin by trimming the ends of the beans. Place your trimmed beans in a single layer on two baking sheets. Chop the pancetta and onions and sprinkle them over the beans. Drizzle on the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roll it all around on the pan to get it well coated and bake! Ta-da!!

If you’re looking for a make ahead Roasted Green Beans recipe, the main make-ahead aspect is getting the beans trimmed and ready. Store your prepped beans in a sealed container for a couple of days before cooking. The rest of the prep takes less than five minutes!

Cutting shallots on a wooden chopping board

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice shallots and chop pancetta.

 

Prepared ingredients for Roasted Green Beans on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet

2. Divide the beans in half and spread them out on 2 baking sheets. Do the same with pancetta and shallots. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

 

Roasted Green Beans arranged on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet

3. Toss the mixture together directly on sheets. Spread everything out in a single layer. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the beans begin to brown and pancetta is sizzling.

 

Are This The Same As Baked Green Beans?

Roasting and baking aren’t quite the same things. Roasting is usually done at a higher temperature, but they are definitely in the same ballpark. The higher oven temps help you get more of a crispy Roasted Green Beans. Baked Green Beans will result in a softer final product.

What Do You Serve With Green Beans?

Roasted Green Beans go perfectly with lots of main dishes. Any kind of meat like steak, pork chops, or chicken pairs well with them. You can even do a bean double take and serve beans two ways- Roasted Green Beans and Crock Pot Baked Beans. It’ll be a bean bonanza! One of my favorite main dishes to serve alongside this recipe is my Alton Brown Meatloaf Recipe. No Peek Chicken is a fantastic option too since it makes an all in one meat and rice combo that just needs a veggie to round out the meal.  For a super quick mid-week meal, try Italian Dressing Chicken or Instant Pot Pork Chops with this recipe. Add rice, pasta, or even a simple side salad if you want a bit bigger meal but no extra fuss!

Lots More Green Bean Recipes

Italian Green Beans

Super quick and easy with a pinch of Italian seasoning, Italian Green Beans are a perfect side to pasta or a meaty main dish.

Green Bean Salad

I love how the beans hold a bit of crunch in this tangy Green Bean Salad. It’s a great option for picnics and potlucks!

Southern Style Green Beans

Cooked low and slow to maximize the flavor, Southern Style Green Beans are packed with smokey bacon taste. They’re a true Southern delicacy!

Fried Green Beans

They’re all the rage in restaurants, but you don’t have to go out to enjoy Fried Green Beans. Serve with some ranch dipping sauce, and you’ve got a new family favorite!

Garlic Green Beans

Buttery, garlic flavor pairs perfectly with the mild taste of green beans in the Garlic Green Beans recipe.

Sauteed Green Beans

You can’t get any simpler than Sauteed Green Beans. Just a couple of ingredients turns out a delicious side that goes with just about anything!

Green Beans With Bacon

Bacon makes everything better, and green beans are no exception! Even picky eaters love Green Beans with Bacon!

Chinese Green Beans

Chinese Green Beans are packed with Asian flavors and is even better than your favorite Chinese take-out!

Pickled Green Beans

Pickling isn’t just for cucumbers! Greens beans are a great vegetable to pickle. Try Pickled Green Beans if you’re looking for a tangy, crunchy twist on this traditional veggie!

Roasted Green Beans on an oval serving plate

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Recipe Notes for Roasted Green Beans

Prep- Since we are roasting these green beans, I want to make sure they are dried well before they go on the pan. After washing them I lay them out on a clean dish towel, in a single layer, then roll them up for about 5 minutes.

Fresh green beans being dried on a dish towel

Easy Clean Up- Line you baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.

Roasting- When roasting these green beans I generally plan for 1 pound of bean per baking sheet (half sheet size). If I double the recipe, rather than crowding everything onto 1 sheet I use 2. This allows most, if not all of the beans and the pancetta to have contact with the pan and have enough space around everything, to allow the beans to actually roast rather than steam on the pan.

Pancetta- This delicious Italian version of bacon gives great flavor to the bean, but you might not have it on hand. If you don’t have pancetta, you can use traditional bacon instead. To make roasted green beans with bacon, simply swap out the same amount of bacon for the pancetta. You want to use good pork bacon! Turkey bacon won’t give you the same flavor kick.

Shallots- While these little gems come from the onions family, they have a milder, slightly garlicky flavor. I love shallots and use them often in my cooking. Yellow or White onions make a great substitute when you don’t have any shallots on hand. Simply use and equal amount of chopped onions to replace shallots if need be.

Veggie Combos Want to more than a single note vegetable side? Try pairing green beans with some of your other favorite veggies. Roasted green beans and carrots is a great combo. Just julienne your carrots so they cook in about the same amount of time as the beans. Roasted green beans and potatoes is another classic combo. You can cut the potatoes into small chunks or slices. Some other great veggie options- either as a combo or on their own- include Roasted Broccoli and Simple Roasted Peppers.

Cheese Please- Another great way to add flavor to Roasted Green Beans is cheese. Roasted Green Beans with parmesan really goes well with the pancetta. Another option would be feta. Start with about ½ a cup of grated parmesan or crumbled feta cheese and adjust to suit your taste. If you’re a feta fan, check out Roasted Garlic Asparagus with Feta. The vinegarette really plays well with the flavor of the feta cheese.

Roasted Green Beans Recipe

Simple, delicious, and healthy, this Roasted Green Beans recipe is all around yummy! Let’s rescue green beans from their canned vegetable stigma. Pick up some fresh beans and let me hear how roasting them goes for you! I know you’re going to love them!

 

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Roasted Green Beans

Roasted Green Beans - an often overlooked delight, and a delicious way to cook fresh beans. They come together quickly and they don't come from a can! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 126 kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans, Trimmed
  • 4 Ounces Pancetta, Chopped Into Small Pieces
  • 1 Cup Shallots, Thick Sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Divide the beans in half and spread them out on 2 baking sheets. Do the same with the pancetta and shallots. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

  3. Toss the mixture together, directly on sheets, to coat evenly. Spread everything out as a single layer.

  4. Bake in preheated oven, 18 to 20 minutes, or until the beans begin to brown and the pancetta is sizzling.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Roasted Green Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 /8 of the recipe)
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 246mg 10%
Potassium 267mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 15.6%
Vitamin C 16.8%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Roasted Green Beans on an oval serving plate