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Mushroom Green Bean Casserole

Most traditional green bean casseroles center around mushroom soup and french-fried onions. This from-scratch variation features fresh mushrooms, sliced water chestnuts and slivered almonds. -Pat Richter, Lake Placid, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) process cheese spread
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen French-style green beans, thawed and well drained
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons slivered almonds


  • In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add the cheese sauce, soy sauce, pepper and hot pepper sauce, stirring until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in water chestnuts.
  • Place beans in an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Pour the cheese mixture over top. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 223 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 654mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Debbie
    Apr 13, 2020

    It is good recipe... did not have cheese sauce so went with the mushroom cream sauce.... Beans were not closed to cooked so I had to add time in the oven... should the fresh beans be precooked? I do not see that in the recipe...

  • brookeparker
    Dec 1, 2013

    Have made this a couple of times and liked it very much. Used a cheese sauce instead of the cheese spread because of cost and it is a little thick w/ the spread. Added a touch of garlic powder, too. Thanks Pat, even my husband raves about it and he isn't big on green beans.

  • joeychick
    Jan 11, 2012

    Eh, I just wasn't digging this recipe. It really sounded like it would turn out tasty, but it fell short of my expectations. I made it for Thanksgiving, and it was the only thing that we didn't finish off with the left overs... I ended up having to throw most of it away.

  • somnyjo
    Nov 23, 2011

    Best on the planet!

  • smfrueh
    Nov 24, 2009

    I have made this recipe every Thanksgiving for 10 years! My husband loves the hint of hot pepper, sauteed mushrooms & water chestnuts. Definitely better than the "other" green bean bake!

  • mimidot
    Apr 6, 2008

    Loved this...I served it for a get-together. It was a hit....