Roasted Green Beans with Orange Butter and Crispy Pancetta – a super easy yet elegant side dish. You will never be bored with green beans again.
Roasted Green Beans with Orange Butter and Crispy Pancetta
When I finished photographing this recipe, I couldn’t stop nibbling on these beans. I didn’t stop to grab a fork – I just picked at them with my fingers, popping one after another in my mouth – with orange butter dripping down my fingers. Not a good display of manners, but that’s just how fabulous these green beans are.
Super easy with only four main ingredients
This recipe is super easy and comes together quickly with only four main ingredients – green beans, butter, the zest and juice of an orange, and pancetta.
Crisp-tender roasted beans. Orange butter. Salty pancetta. The flavor combination is a total win. While the beans roast in the oven, fry the pancetta for a crispy garnish. Bacon can also be used, but I really love the salty bite of the pancetta. Then make the sauce. This simple butter sauce combines melted butter with orange juice and a pinch of salt. Whisk together until emulsified. Drizzle the sauce over the beans and garnish with orange zest and crispy pancetta.
Fancy yet perfect for everyday
The simplicity of these green beans makes this dish perfect for casual weeknight dinners. But, don’t let the simplicity fool you. These beans look fancy when plated which also makes them perfect for an elegant dinner party. No matter how you serve these, you will be a rock star.
This dish is so fuss-free and so full of flavor – you will want to make these roasted green beans again and again. If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below and tag me on Instagram @mycasualpantry.
If you love these green beans, try these recipes:
- Grilled Vegetables with Orzo and Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash and Pancetta
- Spaghetti Squash with Creamed Spinach and Pancetta
- Roasted Artichoke Hearts
- Roasted Radishes and Green Beans with Blue Cheese Butter
This easy side dish is loaded with flavor and will elevate your side dish game.
- 12 ounces fresh green beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1-2 slices pancetta
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 orange, zested and juiced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss green beans with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 10-15 minutes until slightly brown and tender.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, fry pancetta slices until brown and crisp, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel.
Over medium-low heat, melt the butter and whisk in the juice of 1/2 an orange until the sauce comes together. Season with salt.
Transfer the roasted green beans to a serving platter and pour the sauce over the top. Garnish with the orange zest and crumbled pancetta.