Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole

This holiday season enjoy a lighter, healthier version of the classic green bean casserole recipe made from scratch with no canned soup.

Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

You will love this modern take on the classic! The perfect side dish to accompany your Thanksgiving Turkey along with all the fixins like Sweet Potato Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes. You can see all my Thanksgiving recipes here.

Green Bean Casserole on a plate.

Confession: I strongly dislike mushy green beans. Year after year, I've been asked to post a healthy green bean casserole recipe, and I've opted out because the thought of mushy green beans in canned soup with fried onions just doesn't do it for me.  I'm very particular about how I like my green beans. I love them roasted and cooked until tender-crisp, sauteed with a little garlic and oil, and even in a salad. But frozen or out of a can ' I can do without them.

I know so many of you love this popular Thanksgiving side dish. After many requests, I was inspired to give it a try only made completely from scratch. I put the dish in the oven and crossed my fingers. When it was done, I served myself a plate and liked it so much that I had two servings. This absolutely delicious green bean casserole is a keeper and would be the perfect addition to your holiday table.

How to Make Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

In this new lighter version, I use fresh green beans in my green bean casserole. I blanched them for two minutes so they wouldn't turn to mush. If you like them soft, I would boil them for 6-8 minutes.

Tips & Variations:

  • Cut the green beans in half, so it's easier to serve.
  • To make it gluten-free: Sub gluten free panko for breadcrumbs and use gluten free flour mix in place of all purpose flour.
  • For more flavor, try adding a little bacon or pancetta to the breadcrumb topping.
  • Halve the recipe to feed a family of four.

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Green Bean Casserole
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Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole with Shallot Crumb Topping

Prep Time: 30mins
Cook Time: 30mins
Total Time: 1hr
Yield: 8servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: American
A lightened up, healthier version of the classic green bean casserole made from scratch, no canned soup.


  • 2lbsgreen beans, cut in half, trimmed and washed

For The Green Bean Topping

  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1cupshallots, finely diced
  • 1/2cupseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1tbspgrated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2tspdried thyme, or 1 tsp fresh

For the green beans:

  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1/3cupshallots, minced
  • 16ozsliced mushrooms, (I used cremini)
  • 1/4cupflour
  • 1cupreduced sodium chicken stock, or vegetable for vegetarian
  • 1cup2% milk
  • 1/4cupgrated Pecorino Romano cheese


  • Boil a large pot of water, when boiling add green beans and blanch for 2 minutes (or 6-8 minutes if you like them softer). Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop them from cooking.
    blanched green beans
  • Meanwhile make the topping, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallots and sautàabout 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, add breadcrumbs, grated cheese and thyme; sautàuntil golden brown, about 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, careful not to burn.
    toasted breadcrumbs with shallots
  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
  • Heat oil in a large sautà pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sautà 1 to 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and sautà 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms, stir constantly for about a minute, then slowly add chicken stock, then milk.
  • Bring to a low boil, and cook stirring occasionally until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in Romano cheese.
  • Add blanched green beans and mix well, season with salt and pepper as needed; pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Top with toasted breadcrumbs and bake about 30 minutes.
    Green Bean Casserole



Adapted from Williams Sonoma


Serving: 1/8th of recipe, Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 6g, Sodium: 280.5mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 4
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