Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan and Basil (VIDEO)

These roasted green beans with parmesan and basil are crispy, flavorful and probably don’t even require a trip to the store — just open your pantry and fridge!

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I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my mom enjoy a food as much as she enjoyed these roasted green beans! Okay that might be an exaggeration, but my mom LOVED these little suckers. I had cranked out a bunch of recipes the day before she visited last time and I got these out with dinner the night she and my dad arrived.

They were slightly soggy by that point and I lazily reheated them in the microwave, making them even soggier. But she couldn’t stop eating them! She’s probably annoyed that it took me so long to post the recipe.

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I love cooking with my mom and she is the one who gave me the love of cooking so anytime I knock a recipe out of the park in her eyes, I feel an extra sense of accomplishment and success.

And to be honest, I wasn’t really sure these roasted green beans with parmesan were going to be all that. I was a little embarrassed to be using grated parmesan cheese (we’re talking green can!) and dried basil. Should I be using freshly grated parmesan and basil leaves picked from my (non-existent) garden? Perhaps, but perhaps not. Sometimes what you have on hand is more than good enough. Sometimes it’s great! Sometimes it will have your mom talking about green beans for a week.

Plus, Rachel Cooks is all about E-A-S-Y (If you love that, you’ll love all my recipes — click here to get them free in your inbox as soon as they’re published here — you’ll also get a free ebook). I don’t want you to have to run to the store if you don’t have to. And you totally don’t have to because these green beans rock just as they are.

How to Make these Roasted Green Beans Extra Crispy: 

One thing I would mention is to make sure to dry your green beans really well. This is true when you’re roasting any vegetable and green beans are no exception. I put them right onto a towel and rolled them around a bit until they were nice and dry. Then you can get to roasting.

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If basil and parmesan aren’t for you, make sure to try the green beans with lemon and feta that I posted a couple of weeks ago. I prefer those, my mom prefers these. Try them both!  Or if you’re in the mood for something a bit richer, try my homemade green bean casserole – no canned soup in this version!

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Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan and Basil

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan and Basil

Yield: 4 as a side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These roasted green beans with parmesan and basil are crispy, flavorful and probably don’t even require a trip to the store — just open your pantry and fridge!


  • 3/4 to 1 pound of fresh green beans (stem end snipped off), trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon grated parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Dry green beans well and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with olive oil (use your hands), so that all the beans are coated. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, basil. Toss again to coat.
  3. Roast for 10 minutes, toss, and continue to roast for 5 more minutes. Immediately sprinkle with parmesan and serve.


  • These would be amazing with fresh basil instead of dried (but they’re amazing as is, too!). If you have it, leave off the basil before roasting. Wait until after they are cooked and then toss with the finely minced basil leaves.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 148mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 2g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: These roasted green beans with Parmesan are almost as good as french fries. Okay, no, nothing like french fries. But good on their own merits! Totally different than french fries but just as good. Where was I going with this?
Husband’s take: As you know, these were a hit with my mom. No one else had any complaints at all either!
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Very easy.

PS: Love roasting vegetables as much as I do? I compiled all my roasted vegetables into one giant list! You’ll find the basics there, but you’ll also find jazzed up versions, sheet pan dinners, and a few things that are roasted but aren’t vegetables. One of my favorites are these cumin roasted carrots. If you love these roasted green beans, I know you’re going to love this list!

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  1. These where just okay. Lacking flavor for me. 

  2. These are AMAZING!!! I only had frozen beans on hand so I just made sure I dried them extra well. I also added a hint of sesame oil. What a treat for our Easter feast! Thank you!!!

  3. Whole family loved it

  4. These were quite crunchy even after roasting way past the suggested time. I kept them back in the oven — no luck. Don’t know if others like them crunchy, but that isn’t my suit.

  5. Great recipe. Added some garlic (~1 TSP) for good measure

  6. Good afternoon,

    I have a dumb question – do I need to boil the green beans first? or can it be right out of the fridge?

  7. Oh my gosh these were the best veggie I’ve ever roasted.  So delicious!  I didn’t have dried basil so used fresh, and didn’t have the grated parm but had a wedge so grated some.  So delicious.  I made a 20 oz batch and I think I might have eaten half of it all by myself.  And it was so easy.  Thank you!!

  8. Thought this sounded good.but they came out soggy.
    I may have used too much oil.  I did thoroughly dry them, but let them sit out if the fridge most of the day before cooking and I think that also Impacted the crispness or lack there off 

  9. I made this for dinner this evening and my 5 year old and 3 year both loved it. Delicious!

  10. Made them and loved them! Will be making them again for sure.

  11. Thank you so much for this recipe, Rachel.  This is going to be a definite try.  Can’t wait!

  12. Haven’t made this recipe yet, but it is a definite try.  Will keep in touch.  Thank you so much for this delicious sounding recipe.

  13. I have never roasted green beans before, and they were great! My kids liked them too. Thanks for the great recipe!

  14. These would be so great for snacking! Thanks for sharing!

  15. What if fresh green beans are not available?

  16. I was looking for some healthy side dishes and found this one the other day. I made the green beans last night and thought they were delicious! My 9yr old daughter refused to try one but after I persisted, she took one bite and ate the rest on her plate. This was a huge win and a recipe I will use often. Thank you.

    • That is most definitely a win — wow!!! Your comment brought a smile to my face; I have a picky eater and I know how much of a victory that would be! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

  17. I made these tonight and they were divine. I used a full 1/4th teaspoon of pepper and it gave them quite the kick. I might cut that down to half next time. The flavor combination is amazing. They didn’t come out with much (if any) crunch, but that might be due to the fact that I didn’t have any olive oil on hand and had to substitute with vegetable oil. Even so, I found that I ate the entire batch (which isn’t bad at all for me since I’m on a keto diet)!

  18. Loved these! So did my husband and daughter! DELICIOUS!!!

  19. Nope.  Did nothing for me.  Not worth doing twice. Not bad…not great.

  20. Ended up really weird chewy for me, maybe they just weren’t good beans I guess but the flavor was good.

  21. That green beans look great!

  22. I’m still waiting on decent fresh green beans so I can make these! I know this will be one recipe I’ll make week after week all through the summer!!

  23. I love roasting my vegetables, but I’ve never roasted green beans!  This week!

  24. My first time roasting green beans and these were delicious! My husband and I ate almost the entire pan! I used Wegman’s basting oil (which has herbs in it), fresh basil and garlic salt (instead of regular salt). This will go into the rotation!

  25. These look amazing.

    My family tends to steam veggies, without any other seasoning, and while the texture is good, the flavor is lacking. I am all about roasted veggies and I will definitely have to give this a try.

  26. Yum! Each summer my BF’s parents grow green beans so come July/August I will have an endless stash available to me – i’ll be saving this recipe!

  27. Rachel,
    This is the kind of dish that won’t make it off the roasting pan and onto a serving dish at my house. We just stand in the kitchen sampling ‘just one more’ until there is none left!
    I heart the green can, and I think this looks awesome!

  28. How come I’ve never thought to roast green beans?! I’m always roasting other veggies, and these look delicious! I love that they are so easy, too!

  29. never had roasted green beans, but these sound good

  30. These look amazing. I love making meals for my Mom and I know she would love these!

  31. I haven’t roasted green beans in so long! These would be so great for snacking!

  32. I haven’t roasted green beans, I guess I never thought of it…and I agree, things have to be easy and can’t be a big project for everything! I will give this a try as I always have parm on hand. Cheers!

  33. Green Beans are one vegetable I haven’t yet roasted. These sound really good! I love the Parm/Basil combo!

  34. Yup..I have some green beans sitting int he fridge and this is what I am doing with them! Thanks for the idea!

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