This Roasted Green Beans recipe with bacon crumbles is the easiest side dish to make and has only three ingredients!
Our favorite way to cook bacon and to cook vegetables is in the oven! So why not combine the two to make the very best roasted green beans? This side dish is popular during the holidays but is easy enough for a weeknight dinner.
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Only three ingredients are needed to make roasted green beans. You can make more or less depending on the occasion.
- Green Beans: You’ll need about one pound of fresh green beans for this recipe.
- Bacon: The bacon does double duty in this recipe. It is the only grease needed, and it provides so much flavor. We used thick-cut bacon. Regular bacon will work, too, but it will cook faster, so keep that in mind.
- Black Pepper: We seasoned the green beans with coarse ground black pepper. You can add salt, too, if needed.
How To Make Roasted Green Beans
The prep is super fast, and then into the oven, it goes. These green beans do take a while to roast, so make sure you leave enough time.
Prep: Rinse and trim the fresh green beans. Spread them out in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Cut up the bacon and arrange the pieces around the baking sheet.
Roasting: Bake the beans and bacon at 400˚F for 30-45 minutes, stirring every five minutes so that the beans are even coated in the bacon grease.
Serving: Remove the pan from the oven and drain the excess grease by placing the green beans and bacon on paper towels. This step is optional but is important if you want less grease on your beans. Transfer to a serving dish and season with black pepper.
Other Ways To Make It
Frozen Roasted Green Beans
You can use frozen green beans instead of fresh. They can be thawed first if you want to speed up the time in the oven. Otherwise, put them into the oven frozen and cook until tender and brown.
Garlic Roasted Green Beans
Coat the beans with two tablespoons of olive oil and add two cloves of minced garlic. Roast as directed in the recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can make sauteed green beans with bacon on the stovetop. Cook the bacon in a skillet and remove the bacon leaving the grease in the skillet. Add the fresh green beans and saute them in the grease. Serve topped with bacon bits.
You can add minced garlic and diced onions before roasting. Try garnishing them with shredded parmesan or French-fried onions.
More Side Dishes To Try
- Creamed Corn is made with sweet corn in a creamy sauce.
- Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is topped with buttery cracker crumbs.
- Green Bean Casserole is a must for holiday meals!
- Boiled Corn on the Cob is our favorite!
- Tender Roasted Asparagus is made with only four ingredients!
- Honey Roasted Carrots are ready in only 30 minutes.
- These Roasted Chickpeas are a delicious snack!
- Oven Roasted Potatoes can be served at breakfast and dinner.
Roasted Green Beans
- 1 lb fresh green beans washed and trimmed
- 4 slices bacon
- ⅛ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400˚F. Spread the green beans on a large rimmed sheet pan.
- Cut four slices of bacon into small pieces and add them to the green beans on the sheet pan.
- Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes, until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes so that the green beans are coated in bacon grease. (You can cook it longer to brown it more, but watch it carefully so that it doesn’t burn.)
- Season with pepper (and salt, if desired.)