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Simple Italian Green Beans

Italian Green Beans are a delicious way to enjoy a classic side dish vegetable. Roasted in the oven with juicy tomatoes and finished with grated parmesan cheese, this dish is quick and delicious.

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My husband’s favorite way to cook green beans are just like his grandma used to do. On the stove top, in an old school pressure cooker, with the ones on the bottom coming out slightly scorched. And no salt.

I admit that this is not my favorite way to eat green beans. I’m more of a steamed veggie kind of girl. Thank goodness for those easy steamer bags you find in the frozen foods section of the market.

Frozen vegetables are definitely a convenience, but starts with fresh, raw vegetables is hands down the way to go. And I have found that roasting them brings out their flavor like nothing else.

That’s why this Italian Green Beans recipe is my favorite way to prepare them. It’s quick, only uses a few ingredients, and really brings out the flavor of the beans.

What is the difference between Italian green beans and regular green beans?

Also called Romano beans, Italian green beans are wider and flatter than regular string beans. This recipe uses thinner beans but tossed in a light Italian-seasoned marinade and finished with a nutty Parmesan. You might call them “Italian-inspired.”

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Ingredients Needed

Green Beans – This recipe uses regular string beans but you can use Italian or Romano green beans which are wide and flat.

Italian Seasoning – I like to use homemade but if you don’t have any, a sprinkle of oregano and rosemary will do the trick. You can even toss in some red pepper flakes for heat.

Italian Dressing – Use your favorite dressing or kick up the flavor with a zesty one.

Tomatoes – Grape or cherry tomatoes are best for roasting because they just burst with flavor at the right time. You can use a can of diced tomatoes in a pinch.

Parmesan Cheese – This adds a salty and nutty flavor to the beans and rounds out the entire dish.

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How to make Italian Green Beans

ONE: Preheat the oven to 425F. Prepare a 9×13 oven safe dish with cooking spray.

TWO: Trim the beans (defrost if using frozen) and toss with the Italian dressing to coat them. Add the green beans to the baking dish and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

THREE: Take the pan out of the oven and add the tomatoes. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the tomatoes start to burst.

FOUR: Remove the beans from the oven and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve warm!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Can I use canned green beans in this recipe?

One of the best things about this recipe is the texture of the roasted green beans. Starting with fresh, and even frozen beans, will mean the beans will be tender with a few crispy edges.

Using canned green beans will work in a pinch but if roasted too long they can become too soft. If you need to use canned, I recommend rinsing them thoroughly before tossing in the dressing and reducing the cooking time to 5 minutes before adding the tomatoes.

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Storage and Reheating Italian Green Beans

Store any leftovers you may have in the refrigerator, in an air tight container, for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or the oven until warmed through.

The cooked beans can also be frozen but along with the tomatoes, but may lose texture when thawing and reheating. Because the recipe doesn’t take that long start to finish, you won’t really need to freeze them.

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What to serve with green beans

These Italian Green Beans will make a delicious side dish next to Homemade Lasagna, Baked Rigatoni Al Forno, or this Chicken Tetrazzini.

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Top with crispy bacon for a little extra texture.
  • Sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs for extra buttery flavor.
  • Grate cheese on the top just before serving.
  • Use fresh or frozen green beans.
  • Don’t have cherry tomatoes? Substitute fire roasted diced tomatoes instead.
  • If you don’t want to use Italian dressing, make your own marinade with olive oil, spices, and minced garlic.

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Italian Green Beans are tender and flavorful with crispy edges and topped with nutty parmesan cheese. In around 15 minutes you can make this delicious side dish recipe that pairs well with just about anything.

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Italian Green Beans

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Italian Green Beans are tender and flavorful with crispy edges and topped with nutty parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans (washed & trimmed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (shredded)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Prepare a 9x13 oven safe dish with cooking spray.
  3. Trim the beans (defrost if using frozen) and toss with the Italian dressing to coat them.
  4. Add the green beans to the baking dish and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Take the pan out of the oven and add the tomatoes.
  6. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the tomatoes start to burst.
  7. Remove the beans from the oven and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  8. Serve warm!

Notes

  • Top with crispy bacon for a little extra texture.
  • Sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs for extra buttery flavor.
  • Grate cheese on the top just before serving.
  • Use fresh or frozen green beans.
  • Don't have cherry tomatoes? Substitute fire roasted diced tomatoes instead.
  • If you don't want to use Italian dressing, make your own marinade with olive oil, spices, and minced garlic.
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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 ounces
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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