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Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

Our new favorite way with green beans – roasted with lots of olive oil, whole garlic and cherry tomatoes. The oil and tomatoes break down into thick, savory sauce and the garlic gets caramelized – perfect for mopping up with a hunk of sourdough bread. Or dump the whole pan on top of a pot of freshly cooked spaghetti and stir briskly — voila! Dinner is ready. Any leftovers make a damn fine pasta salad.

Roasted fresh green beans with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and salt. A simple side dish or vegan mean dish served with pasta
Roasted Rattlesnake Beans and Dragon Tongue Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic

Use your regular, garden-variety green beans for this (I usually do) but it also works beautifully with many heirloom varieties such as Rattlesnake and Dragon Tongue (pictured) yellow wax beans and purple pole beans.

I do recommend using sweet, tiny cherry tomatoes but in a pinch you could quarter a large tomato and toss that in. If you like heat, try adding a few dried Thai or chile de arbol peppers. Or if you like peppers, add a few baby bell peppers. And if you really like peppers, try sweet roasted fennel and peppers using this same cooking technique.

Roasted fresh green beans with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and salt. A simple side dish or vegan mean dish served with pasta

Tip!

When roasting vegetables, try to have the vegetables at room temperature before they go in the oven. This helps them crisp and cook faster. For this recipe, I’ll often prep everything in the pan and then cover it on the counter for several hours before sticking it into the oven. It saves work at supper time, too.

Roasted fresh green beans with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and salt. A simple side dish or vegan mean dish served with pasta
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Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

  • Author: Hilah
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

12 ounces fresh green beans

6 ounces cherry tomatoes (about 1 cup)

1/3 cup olive oil

6 cloves garlic, whole, peeled

1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Set oven to 425ºF. “String” the beans if necessary: Break off the stem end and take with it any string that wants to tear off. Cut large beans into 1-2″ pieces, leave small beans whole.

Toss all ingredients together in a medium baking dish (8×11 or so). Roast for 15 minutes, stir. Roast an additional 15-20 minutes until the beans are beginning to brown in spots and the tomatoes are broken down.

Serve hot or room temperature, on its own with bread or pasta as a vegetarian meal, or as a side dish with anything.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 198
  • Fat: 18
  • Carbohydrates: 9
  • Protein: 2

5 Comments

  1. Juliw on August 25, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you for another excellent recipe, Hilah! I oven roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic with shrimp for my birthday this summer, and loved it… this is a great way to enjoy the flavor without the splurge. I am also eagerly awaiting your Texas cookbook, which I pre-ordered.

    • Hilah on August 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you, Julie!!

  2. Tracy on August 27, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    This looks amazing! Missing you on YouTube

  3. Kevin on September 12, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I know this wouldn’t work with canned green beans because they’re mushy, but do you think it might work with frozen? As long as they’re taken out and brought to room temp first?

    • Hilah on September 13, 2019 at 5:52 am

      Hey Kevin! I think it would work fine with frozen! I’ve done frozen okra the same way. But do not thaw the beans first! Just toss frozen beans with the everything else and roast them longer. If you thaw them before cooking, they will end up too soft.

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