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Elegant Green Beans

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small skillet, saute water chestnuts, onion and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter until onion is crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes; set aside.
  • In large skillet, melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter; stir in flour until smooth. Stir in milk, broth, soy sauce, pepper sauce and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in green beans and cheese.
  • Spoon half of the bean mixture into a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Layer with water chestnut mixture and remaining bean mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes. Top with french-fried onions. Bake until heated through, about 5 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 218 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 392mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • hkarow9713
    Nov 4, 2020

    I love the extra crunch the water chestnuts give to this dish. Very good and will definitely make again!

  • lynda boyd
    Jan 5, 2018

    Better than regular green bean casserole, also less sodium (we use fresh mushrooms).. We have this every Thanksgiving. Someone asked if this can be made ahead of time. We make the sauce ahead of time, then on Thanksgiving, heat up the beans add the sauce, and Onions on top, If you make the whole thing ahead of time, wait to add onions as they get soggy.

  • robbrd
    Jan 1, 2018

    I made this for Thanksgiving. I forgot to add the cheese, which I'm sure would have made it better but honestly, it was quite good without it. A great alternative to the green bean casserole we grew up with.

  • lDianne
    Dec 21, 2017

    I made this to take to a friend's house for Thanksgiving and everyone loved and couldn't get enough!

  • Annie
    Nov 5, 2017

    Can you make this ahead of time?

  • xlsalbums
    Dec 17, 2016

    This was good as far as green bean casseroles go!

  • MrsApa
    Nov 24, 2016

    Made this dish for the 1st thanksgiving after I married my husband 4-1/2 years ago, and was asked to make it again for Christmas and Easter! And every thanksgiving, christmas, and Easter after that... truly an amazing one! Water chestnut and soy sauce add new flavors to the traditional dish

  • swinny
    Jan 4, 2016

    I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone liked this dish very much. Will be making this green bean casserole for next Thanksgiving and tonight also!!!!

  • carolgawronski
    Nov 16, 2015

    This was truly a magnificent dish, everyone at the table raved about it. Green Bean Casserole will finally be returned to the holiday table. Loved it to bits!

  • sycowmn1
    Apr 19, 2014

    This was a hit at thanksgiving so we are making it again for Easter! The water chestnuts add that extra pizzaz!