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.
Roasted Green Beans Ingredients
Only three ingredients are needed to make roasted green beans. You can make more or less depending on the occasion. Scroll down for the complete recipe with ingredient measurements.
- 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 roasted 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. Scroll down for the printable recipe card and complete instructions.
- 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.
Roasted Green Beans Frequently Asked Questions
Roasted green beans pair well with a main dish of meat such as turkey, ham, steak, and chicken. Add additional side dishes such as mashed potatoes and a garden salad.
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 the roasted green beans with shredded parmesan or French fried onions.
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