Roasted Green Beans

a big handful of purple violetta beans
Italian Trionfo Violetto beans. Photo: Bruce Cole

There’s a big bush of these purple beans in our backyard garden and when it’s bean season that means beans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (if you grow beans you know where we’re coming from). We ran out of ways to prepare them until our friend Molly Watson, suggested roasting them. Genius! Simple + insanely delicious too!

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purple violetta beans

Roasted Purple (or Green) Beans

You’ve boiled, blanched, simmered and most likely cooked green beans to death before, but here’s a practically fool-proof method for the most flavorful beans ever.

  • Total Time: 12 minutes


  • Fistful of green, purple or whatever color you can find, pole beans.
  • 1 teaspoon+ Olive oil
  • Salt, we use Maldon because we like the crunch of its big flaky crystals
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (optional): basil or parsely, dill, tarragon, cilantro, etc.


  1. Beans: Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Put the beans in a small bowl and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Toss to coat. You’re aiming for beans just barely coated with oil.
  2. Roast: Spread the beans out on a baking sheet and roast for 8 minutes. They are going to shrivel and shrink a bit but should still have a bit of crunch. You can start checking at 8 minutes (grab one and taste) and cook until about 10 minutes at the most, depending on the thickness of the beans.
  3. Serve: Remove the pan from the oven, spread the beans out on a plate or platter, sprinkle with a big pinch of salt, tear any fresh herbs you have and spread over the top and serve.


  • Author: Bruce Cole
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: Californian

Keywords: roasted green beans, purple beans recipe, roast, healthy

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