Sunday, February 13, 2022

Italian Green Beans + Video

Italian Green Beans are roasted to perfection in a simple side dish. Make this easy string bean recipe in just 30 minutes from prep to plate!

I’m always on the hunt for side dishes that are easy to prepare and go with a variety of entrees. Some nights are just too busy to cook up a full spread!

Italian Green Beans

This Italian green beans recipe features a delicious combination of red onion, garlic, and grape tomatoes. Everything is tossed in rich olive oil and simple seasonings to enhance the natural flavor of the vegetables.

It would be a great for parmesan chicken tenders or a simple Cacio e Pepe pasta. Or, you could snack on the veggies with your favorite cheese and salami!

italian green beans in a bowl

Watch the video in the post to see us make the dish from start to finish!

Recipe Tips and Tricks 

  • Don’t crowd the pan! Plenty of space between each bean allows for maximum caramelization, which is what makes this dish so tasty! If needed, divide the vegetables between two sheet pans instead of using just one.

  • Adjust the heat. Red pepper flakes add a bit of spice, so you can omit them for a milder dish. In that case, you may need to add a little extra salt and pepper.

  • Hack for slicing tomatoes: Easily halve grape tomatoes in seconds with two lids and a sharp knife! I like to use a serrated blade since the teeth don’t tear or shred the outer skins

  • Want extra flavor? Include ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning with the other spices.

  • Use high quality olive oil. In a recipe this simple, the flavor really comes through! Stick with light or refined varieties as EVOO has a lower smoke point.

string bean recipe ingredients

How To Quickly Trim Fresh Green Beans

Once you have rinsed the veggies and patted them dry, grab a handful and line them up parallel to each other on your cutting board.

Tap the ends with one hand until they are even, then slice them all off in one chop! Repeat on the other side, then with the rest of the beans, until they are all trimmed.

string beans being cut

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Baking Sheet - Used for anything from cookies to roasting, a good baking pan will last for years.

  • Mesh Colander - Easily rinse large batches of fruits and veggies at once!

  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.

italian green beans recipe on sheet pan

Italian Green Beans FAQ

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, but it’s important not to overcrowd the vegetables on the pan. Divide everything between two large rimmed baking sheets, working in batches as needed to get the best results.

What is the difference between regular and Italian green beans?

In terms of varieties, string or regular are long and rounded in shape. Italian, or Romano, are flat and wide with more of a nutty flavor.

This recipe works with either variety, but the Italian part refers to the flavor created by all of the ingredients.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

While Italian green beans are best fresh from the oven, you can also save leftovers for another meal. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat, pop them back in the oven or microwave individual portions until warmed through.

string bean recipe on sheet pan


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Author: Donna Elick
Italian Green Beans

Italian Green Beans

Italian green beans are roasted to perfection in a simple side dish. Make this easy string bean recipe in just 30 minutes from prep to plate!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed with ends trimmed
  • 1/4 large red onion, sliced very thin
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Rinse the green beans and pat dry. Trim the ends from the green beans by lining up several in a row and then cutting the ends off all at once.
  3. Place green beans, red onion, sliced garlic, and halved tomatoes on a sheet pan and spread into a single layer. Do not overcrowd.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the vegetables.
  5. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  6. Toss the vegetables to distribute the oil and seasonings.
  7. Roast for about 14 minutes or until the vegetables are beginning to caramelize.
  8. Serve immediately
  1. Don’t overcrowd the vegetables on the sheet pan. You can divide the vegetables between two sheet pans if you’d like. Ample space on the sheet pan allows for more caramelization, which is what makes this dish so delicious.
  2. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the vegetables.
  3. These have some spice. For more mild green beans, omit the red pepper flakes. I used about ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Adjust for your own personal preference.

italian green beans closeup

Originally published February 2022

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