Green Bean Casserole Makeover


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Green Bean Casserole Makeover

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 8
    6 tsp. olive oil, divided
    4 c. sliced onion (from 2 large onions)
    ⅛ tsp. salt, or to taste
    Freshly ground pepper, to taste
    1 ¼ lbs. fresh green beans, stems trimmed, cut into 1-1/2-inch lengths or 1 (16 ounce) package frozen French-cut green beans
    3 c. sliced fresh mushrooms (8 or 10 ounces)
    2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
    1 c. reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
    2 tbsp. reduced-fat sour cream
    1 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
    ¼ c. plain dry bread crumbs


    1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and salt; cook, stirring often, until tender and light golden, 20 to 25 minutes. (Adjust heat as necessary and add a little water if onions brown too quickly.) Transfer to a medium bowl and season with pepper.
    2. Meanwhile, if using fresh green beans, steam or boil fresh green beans until crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. If using frozen, cook according to package directions. Drain beans and refresh under cold running water.
    3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring or shaking pan from time to time, until browned and tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle flour over mushrooms and stir for a few seconds. Add broth and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
    4. Stir in sour cream, soy sauce and pepper. Stir in green beans.
    5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 8-by-11-inch (or similar 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Spread green bean-mushroom mixture in a prepared baking dish.
    6. Top with caramelized onions. Mix breadcrumbs and remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a small bowl; sprinkle over onions. (Casserole can be prepared ahead. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
    7. Bake casserole, uncovered, until heated through and topping is golden and crisp, 25 to 35 minutes.

    Nutrition facts


    120 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 4g
    • Cholesterol: 0mg
    • Sodium: 160mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 19g
    • Protein: 4g

    Daily Values

    Vitamin A 10%
    Vitamin C 30%
    Iron 8%
    Calcium 6%

    Recipe Source:

    Tufts University Health Nutrition Letter, November 2008.