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Elegant Green Beans Recipe

Elegant Green Beans Recipe

Mushrooms and water chestnuts give new life to ordinary green bean casserole. Every time I make it for friends, I'm asked to share the recipe. —Linda Poe, Sandstone, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Dash salt
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen French-style green beans, thawed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed French-fried onions


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small skillet, saute water chestnuts, onion and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender; set aside.
  • 2. In large skillet, melt remaining butter; stir in flour until smooth. Stir in milk, broth, soy sauce, pepper sauce and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in green beans and cheese.
  • 3. Spoon half of the bean mixture into a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Layer with water chestnut mixture and remaining bean mixture.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes. Top with French-fried onions. Bake 5 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 218 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 392 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.