Italian Green Beans

The simplest, most delicious side dish recipe and the best way to eat green beans! These Italian Green Beans are sauteed in butter, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.

We’re suckers for buttery parmesan recipes! Easy dinner recipes like Parmesan chicken, buttery breadsticks and baked wings are some of our favorite go-to recipes. Why not try that classic Parmesan + butter combo on green beans?

The simplest, most delicious way to eat green beans! These Italian Green Beans are sauteed in butter, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

Italian Green Beans Recipe

The traditional veggie casserole on the dinner table at many family gatherings is Green Bean Casserole. It definitely is a hit in our family.  But these Italian Green Beans?  They’re something else. Matt isn’t usually jumping with  excitement if I serve green beans for dinner.  But he loves these Italian Green Beans sauteed in buttery parmesan. When I serve these green beans is one of the only times that we fight over who gets the last little bit of green beans in the bowl.

square italian green beans

Are green beans good for you?

Yes! Green beans are a great option for a side dish because they are low calories, packed full of Vitamin C and K, fiber and folate.

What are the differences between frozen and canned vegetables?

Green beans are normally picked and processed (either frozen or canned) at their peak of freshness, usually within a few hours of processing. This means they are both packed full of nutrients and vitamins. The canning process takes longer than freezing, but both are great options if you can’t choose fresh garden veggies. One thing to remember if you choose canned…often times the vegetables will be packed with added sodium or sugars. If you choose canned, be sure to read the labels to know exactly what you are buying.The simplest, most delicious way to eat green beans! These Italian Green Beans are sauteed in butter, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

Can I use canned green beans in this recipe?

As you’ll see, this recipe calls for frozen green beans. But we often get asked “Can I use canned green beans?”.  Canned green beans may fall apart a little bit because they are “softer” than frozen green beans. Because of that reason (and that frozen veggies have a prettier color) we recommend frozen for this recipe.

How to Cook Green Beans

As you can read in the recipe below, we use a Ziploc Zip ‘n Steam bag to steam our green beans. We find this is the quickest and easiest no-fail method. You can also steam green beans in the Instant Pot, microwave or stovetop.

Easy Green Bean Recipe

Here are a few hints for making green beans:

  • We love to use freshly grated parmesan cheese. It really adds to the flavor and texture of this recipe. The freshly grated cheese will melt a little better than pre-packaged Parmesan.
  • You may use store-bought bread crumbs if you’d like, but I usually like to crumble my own bread. We always have spare hot dog or hamburger buns in our freezer.  Crumbling one or two up for homemade bread crumbs is a great way to use those random buns.
  • Saute the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in the butter for 3-4 minutes until they are well coated and starting to brown a bit.
  • While the bread crumbs are sauteing in the frying pan, you can prepare your green beans.  You’ll need a 1 pound bag of frozen green beans.  I love using Ziploc Zip’N Steam Cooking Bags to steam our veggies. You can use the bags more than one time and you get perfectly steamed veggies in just minutes.  You can also cook the green beans in a pot of water if you’d like.
  • Once the green beans are cooked, add them to the frying pan and mix until they are coated with that buttery, garlicky, cheesy mixture.

fresh string beans on a fork

What to serve with green beans?

Serve these green beans with cheesy potatoes and baked chicken.

Although these green beans are called “Italian” Green Beans, they are versatile and can be served as a side to just about any dinner. Their flavor is so savory and your family will love them!

italian green beans with bread crumbs
italian green beans with bread crumbs

Italian Green Beans

4.8 from 5 votes
The simplest, most delicious way to eat green beans! These Italian Green Beans are sauteed in butter, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Servings 5
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 16 ounces frozen green beans
  • Salt to taste


  • In a frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Stir to coat and saute over medium heat until the bread crumbs start to brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  • While the bread crumbs are sauteing, cook the green beans, either in a Ziploc Zip 'n Steam bag (according to package directions) or in a pot of water.
  • Add the green beans to the frying pan and stir to coat.
  • Season with salt, to taste, and serve hot.



Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Author Lizzy T
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 151
Keyword best green beans, easy side dish, green bean recipe


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  1. 5 stars
    Looks delicious..I will be definitely making this for my Christmas dinner as a side dish…Thanks for the recipe..:)

  2. Those look amazing! I would love these rather than the standard green bean casserole at Thanksgiving. Love the bright green color.

  3. These look so fresh and light! Thanksgiving foods can get so heavy, but I love the look of this recipe!

    1. OMG ignore my comment! I just read through all of the instructions! Cannot wait to try, looks delicious!

    2. Crystal, You should cook the green beans first. Either steam them in the microwave, or cook them in a pan of water until they are tender. We like to steamp them in Ziploc Zip ‘n Steam microwave bags.

    1. I made them with fresh organic green beans.. and made the following changes… I left our the bread crumbs to make more low carb cooked in olive oil instead of butter seemed more Italian… increased the cheese and garlic and instead of Italian Seasoning and Red Pepper flakes used a spaghetti seasoning that includes these ingredients from an Italian store. Everyone went for those very well and enjoyed them at an Italian wine dinner. I will make these again.

      Think next time I may add mushrooms would have this time but ran out of time.. but they really gave me a good idea and had i not seen this recipe wouldn’t have been done green beans for the dinner party and they were a big hit and needed.

  4. Are the breadcrumbs already toasted when you put them in the butter mixture or do you use fresh breadcrumbs and then they toast as they cook in the butter

    1. I used dried breadcrumbs that come in the container. If you are using fresh, I’d toast them. 🙂

    2. The bread crumbs would be a little soggy if you did this. I prefer it made right before we eat it.

  5. I had some fresh green beans that I needed to use up and wanted to try something different. This recipe turned out delicious! Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    I had some old green beans. I decided to cook them
    anyway. So I looked for a recipe to make the beans taste better
    Wow I couldn’t believe the amazing tasty beans
    They will become our favourite Family recipe
    Thank you so much
    Ps I sliced the Garlic in my little slicer and sautéed them I. Butter. I used Italian breadcrumbs that have cheese and parsley in them

  7. 5 stars
    Just made this. It was awesome and I even messed it up. I didn’t have garlic, so I did shallot -that turned out great. But I “slightly” burned the bread crumbs (panko)…………and it was still great !!! This will definitely be a keeper. If I can screw up a recipe and can still like it–it’s a winner !!!

  8. These is a horrible recipe! Turned out to be a dry cheesy bread mixture with green beans. Just a waste of ingredients. I DO NOT RECOMMEND.

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