Roasted Green Beans with Garlic, Lemon, Pine Nuts & Parmigiano-Reggiano

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Want to take green beans to a whole new level? This recipe is the answer!

roasted green beans

If I told you I cooked vegetables like this every night of the week, I’d be lying. The truth is that most nights, between soccer practice and homework, I’m steaming frozen broccoli in the microwave in a harried attempt to serve something green. But if I were entertaining or, say, asked to bring a vegetable to someone’s house for a holiday dinner, these green beans are exactly the kind of thing I’d make because they’re impressive and easy to do ahead of time.

What makes the dish so good is the combination of flavors and textures: tender,  caramelized roasted beans, mellowed chunks of garlic, crunchy pine nuts, and nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano.

What you’ll need to make roasted green beans

ingredients you'll need

To speed this recipe up, use pre-washed and trimmed beans in a bag. There’s no shame and it’s a huge timesaver.

How to make Them

To begin, in a small dry skillet over medium heat, toast the pine nuts until golden.

toasting pine nuts

Watch carefully and stir frequently as they can burn quickly (and they are expensive).

how to make roasted green beans

Put the green beans in a large bowl. Add the sliced garlic, olive oil, 1 tablespoon of the lemon zest, kosher salt, pepper, and sugar.

combining ingredients

Toss well.

how to make roasted green beans

Transfer the mixture to a prepared baking sheet. Don’t leave any flavor behind: use a rubber spatula to scrape all of the oil and seasoning out of the bowl and onto the beans.

how to make roasted green beans

Roast the beans and garlic for 15 minutes. Stir with a spatula to promote even cooking, then continue roasting until the beans are tender throughout, about 10 minutes more. The beans should be fully cooked, with some lightly browned but not shriveled. Add lemon juice, Parmigiano-Reggiano, remaining lemon zest and pine nuts to beans.

how to make roasted green beans

Toss well, then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

how to roast green beans

Transfer to a serving platter and serve hot or room temperature. Vegetables don’t get much better. Enjoy!

roasted green beans

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Roasted Green Beans with Garlic, Lemon, Pine Nuts & Parmigiano-Reggiano

Want to take green beans to a whole new level? This recipe is the answer!

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, stem ends trimmed
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise (a medium clove should yield 4 slices)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons coarsely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Instructions

  1. Set an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  2. In a small dry skillet over medium heat, toast the pine nuts until golden. Watch carefully and stir frequently as they can burn quickly! Immediately transfer to small bowl (don't leave them in hot pan as they will continue to cook). Set aside.
  3. Put the green beans in a large bowl. Add the sliced garlic, olive oil, 1 tablespoon of the lemon zest, kosher salt, pepper and sugar and toss well. Transfer the mixture to prepared baking sheet (don’t leave any flavor behind: use a rubber spatula to scrape all of the oil and seasoning out of the bowl and onto the beans).
  4. Roast the beans and garlic for 15 minutes. Stir with a spatula to promote even cooking, then continue roasting until the beans are tender throughout, about 10 minutes more. The beans should be fully cooked, with some lightly browned but not shriveled.
  5. Add lemon juice, Parmigiano-Reggiano, remaining lemon zest and pine nuts to beans and toss well.  Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and lemon juice if necessary. Transfer to a serving platter and serve hot or room temperature.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • I used broccoli and walnuts instead of green beans and pine nuts. It was delicious! Will be trying it with the green beans at a later date but broccoli was what I had on hand.

    • — Diana on September 21, 2021
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