Savory Green Bean Casserole Recipe
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Savory Green Bean Casserole Recipe

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If you want a slimmed down version on the classic. This recipe calls for calls for frozen green beans instead of canned, a from-scratch sauce in place of a can of soup and a homemade onion topping. The result is a creamy casserole with wonderful flavor!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen cut green beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 86 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat-free milk.


  1. Place beans in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and cook on high for 7-9 minutes or until tender; drain.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook onion and garlic in butter over medium heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; gradually stir in evaporated milk. Combine flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into mushroom mixture. Add the soy sauce, salt, poultry seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in beans. Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, for topping, in a small nonstick skillet, cook onions in butter over medium-low heat until golden brown. Add bread crumbs; cook until dry and golden brown. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake 7-10 minutes longer or until heated through and topping is browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Green Bean Casserole in Light & Tasty December/January 2002, p15

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cee-jay User ID: 1579946 33342
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014 Edited Nov. 20, 2014

"I will be using this recipe on Turkey Day but our company doesn't like mushrooms.

Can anything be subbed for the mushrooms or should I leave them out? Also, can all or part of this recipe be made ahead of time?"

Angelizz10 User ID: 627840 130067
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"This is so much better than using that awful canned mushroom soup! Use French Cut frozen green beans. Also use the canned 'crispy fried onions.' My Great Aunt Judy made this recipe and I'm passing it on. Everyone always raves on this classic Green Bean casserole for holidays."

t-macka User ID: 1174815 41390
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"I gave this five stars but it wouldn't click on anything but one!!!"

t-macka User ID: 1174815 33341
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"Taste really good. I use fresh green beans...just pre cooked a little."

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