How to Make Green Beans

Planning to serve green beans for dinner tonight...again? Instead of steaming or boiling them, try a new and easy method for how to cook green beans: roasting. The beans come out tender but with just the right amount of crispness, and they're filled with flavor, thanks to the caramelizing that occurs with roasting. You can toss in herbs and spices, but the beans are just as delicious left plain. In addition to the overall "healthiness" of being a green vegetable, recent research suggests that green beans are a good source of the mineral silicon, essential for bone and connective tissue health. And, since 60 percent of all green beans are grown in the United States, we are often supporting local farmers when we purchase this versatile vegetable.

What You'll Need

  • 1   pound green beans, stem ends trimmed

  • 1 - 3   tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2  teaspoon kosher salt; more to taste

  •  Freshly ground black pepper

  •  Fresh lemon juice (optional)

Step By Step

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 475 degrees F. Line a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment. In a medium bowl, toss the green beans with enough of the olive oil to coat generously, the salt, and a few grinds of pepper.
Turn the beans out onto the baking sheet and arrange them so that they are evenly spaced. If the beans cover the baking sheet sparsely, arrange them toward the edges of the baking sheet for the best browning. Roast the beans until they're tender, a bit shriveled, and slightly browned, about 15 minutes.
Return the green beans to the bowl in which you tossed them with the oil, or put them in a clean serving bowl. If they seem a bit dry, drizzle them with a little oil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice or another flavoring, if using.

Once you know how to make green beans by roasting them in the oven, there are many delicious ways to dress them up: Try making a rosemary-lemon thyme oil to drizzle over your beans, or go exotic with a dusting of Moroccan spice rub on your beans before you roast them in the oven. Or roast them according to the recipe and then dress them with shallot butter or ginger, lemon and soy sauce.
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