Roasted green beans with Parmesan and basil are crispy and so flavorful. Turn a few ordinary ingredients into an extra special side dish.
Why you’ll love it: This is such a yummy way to make green beans! A little effort yields a big reward.
How long it takes: 20 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: sheet pan, oven
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 LOVES these beans.
Here’s the story: I had cooked up a bunch of recipes (always testing new recipes!) and I got these leftover beans out of the fridge the next day to serve for dinner with my parents.
The beans were slightly soggy by that point and I lazily reheated them in the microwave, making them even soggier. But my mom couldn’t stop eating them! She actually was snacking on them before I reheated them. She’s probably annoyed that it took me so long to post the recipe.
I love cooking with my mom and she is the one who gave me the love of cooking. Any time I knock a recipe out of the park in her eyes, I feel an extra sense of accomplishment and success.
About This Recipe
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. I don’t want you to make a 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.
I’ll get you started here and give you helpful tips. Look for the printable recipe card near the end of the post. It has complete instructions, measurements, and nutrition information.
What You’ll Need
- Fresh Green Beans: From your garden, grocery store, or farm market, doesn’t matter. Fresh is best for roasting. Look for crisp firm beans that aren’t wrinkled or soft. Snip off the stem end and leave the tail end on.
- Olive Oil: A bit of oil is necessary to roast vegetables. If you prefer a different type of oil, go for it.
- Salt and Pepper: Use coarse freshly ground black pepper and coarse sea salt or coarse kosher salt if you can. They provide the most flavor.
- Dried Basil: Nothing fancy here, just dried basil leaves from your pantry. If you’d rather use fresh, add it after roasting instead of before.
- Parmesan Cheese: Whether it’s from a green can or freshly grated, Parmesan cheese adds a really nice touch to these beans.
How to Make Roasted Beans
When roasting anything, crispy is the goal. Those brown crispy bits are the best part.
To achieve that, make sure to dry your green beans really well. This is true when you’re roasting any vegetable and green beans are no exception. Put them right onto a towel and roll them around a bit until they’re nice and dry. Then you can get to roasting.
Preheat the oven to 425°F. The oven needs to be good and hot before you put the beans in.
Mix the beans with the olive oil, salt and pepper, and dried basil.
Spread them evenly on a rimmed sheet pan. Give them plenty of room.
Roast the beans for ten minutes, give them a stir, and roast for five more minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the beans with the cheese. Serve immediately.
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?
According to Healthline, you shouldn’t eat them raw because they contain lectins which can be harmful to your digestive system.
When beans are boiled, they may lose important nutrients in the water which is drained off and discarded. Steaming or roasting is the best cooking method.
While it’s important to snip the stem end off because it can be tough, there’s no need to snip the opposite end off (the dark green pointed end). It is tender and looks kind of cool.
The answer to this question varies a bit. Roasted green beans aren’t going to have the same texture or taste as steamed or boiled beans. Steamed/boiled beans should be bright green and tender, with an almost buttery flavor. If they are still “squeaky” when you bite into them, they probably could use a couple more minutes of cooking. If they are olive green and limp, they are overcooked.
Roasted green beans won’t be as tender as boiled/steamed beans. They’ll have a chewy texture but should taste cooked, not grassy or raw.
Make It Your Own
- Love garlic? Add minced or pressed garlic (2-4 cloves) to the beans after they’ve roasted 10 minutes. When you stir the beans, stir in the garlic.
- Have something else in the oven at a lower temperature (350°F)? No problem, the beans will be fine at a lower temperature but will take up to 20 minutes to cook. They won’t be quite as browned and crisp.
- If basil and Parmesan aren’t for you, try green beans with lemon and feta. I prefer those, my mom prefers these. Try them both!
- Don’t want to turn your oven on? Try green beans almondine or green beans with bacon. We just love this Mediterranean green bean salad with sun-dried tomatoes.
- Or if you’re in the mood for something a bit richer, try my homemade green bean casserole – no canned soup in this version!
- Not crazy about green beans? Try roasted broccoli or roasted cauliflower, and add basil and Parmesan cheese.
Storage & ReheatingTips
Leftover green beans can be stored in the fridge for three to four days. Reheat in the microwave or give them a quick blast in your air fryer.
Have some roasted green beans left over? Chop them up a bit and add them to a salad with fresh greens, and tomatoes for a quick lunch tomorrow. They are particularly good on a gazpacho salad or panzanella salad.
- 1 pound fresh green beans (trimmed, stem end snipped off)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon dried basil (see note)
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (more or less to taste)
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- 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.
- Roast for 10 minutes, toss, and continue to roast for 5 more minutes. Immediately sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
- If you prefer, use fresh basil instead of dried. Add finely minced basil leaves after the beans are roasted.
- Other types of oil can be substituted for the olive oil.
- Yellow wax beans are great, too. A mixture of green beans and yellow beans is really attractive.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.