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Roasted Green Beans with Lemon, Pine Nuts & Parmigiano

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Serves four to six.

  • To learn more, read:
    Green Beans on the Side
  • by Ris Lacoste from Fine Cooking
    Issue 82

  • 1-1/4 lb. fresh green beans, rinsed well, stem ends trimmed
  • 1 small head garlic
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest (from 1 to 2 medium lemons), plus 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup (about 1-1/2 oz.) pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Heat the oven to 450°F.

Put the beans in a large bowl. Peel the garlic, quarter each clove lengthwise (if the cloves are small, halve them), and add them to the green beans. Toss the beans and garlic with 1/4 cup of the olive oil, 1 Tbs. of the lemon zest, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

Spread the beans on a rimmed baking sheet and roast in the top third of the oven for 10 minutes. Stir the beans and garlic with a spatula for more even cooking and coloring. Continue roasting until the beans and garlic pieces are lightly browned and tender throughout, another 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, spread the pine nuts out on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the bottom third of the oven until just golden, about 5 minutes

Transfer the beans to a small serving platter or shallow bowl and dress with the lemon juice and the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil. Toss gently to coat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on the toasted pine nuts, the remaining 1/2 Tbs. lemon zest, the Parmigiano, and the parsley. Serve hot or at room temperature.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on six servings; Calories (kcal): 220; Fat (g): 19; Fat Calories (kcal): 170; Saturated Fat (g): 2.5; Protein (g): 4; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11; Carbohydrates (g): 13; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4; Sodium (mg): 340; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 4;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Excellent. I used a mix of green and yellow beans. Cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan and pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts. Very tasty.

These are absolutely amazing. I didn't use pine nuts and it is delish without. I would reduce the salt by 1/2 next time and the cooking time by about 5 min. Easter dinner better come soon or I'm gonna eat the whole thing myself.

Delicious recipe! Roasting the beans just makes their flavor pop, and the garlic, oh my the garlic. Throw an extra few cloves in there and eat them on their own. Yum. I've lost half of the beans and garlic to nibbling after they come out of the oven before I could get the dish finished! Didn't need quite as much olive oil, and would definitely increase the amount green beans, but overall just a fool proof crowd pleaser.

Great Recipe!! A real family and dinner party pleaser. It also tastes great the next day cold. I wouldn't change anything in the recipe it works out just great. I make this once a week.

Fantastic recipe. I've made it about 10 times, and people always love it. The green beans sort of shrivel up and caramelize, so this recipe is just enough for four people, who will clean their plates. I also used this recipe once on a gas barbecue, when I didn't want to heat up the kitchen, using a cast iron pan. It turned out great. I heated the barbecue up and used it like an oven, with the lid closed, stirring the beans every 10 minutes or so until they looked done.

I thought this recipe had delicious flavors. Next time, I would increase the amount of green beans. There seemed to be too much dressing for the small amount of green beans. No way could this serve six. Pine nuts! What's not to love!

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