Green Bean Casserole Topped with Crispy Onions

A healthy take on your green bean casserole, this recipe is perfect as a party side or to compliment your turkey on...
green bean casserole

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A healthy take on your green bean casserole, this recipe is perfect as a party side or to compliment your turkey on Thanksgiving. The blend of spices goes perfectly with the crispy green beans and onions.


  • 24  Ounces  green snap beans
  • 1 1/2  Pound  brown mushrooms
  • 6  Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1  Teaspoon  garlic
  • medium onion
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 2  Teaspoons  thyme
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/2  Cup  sour cream
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  Thick-It-Up
  • 1/2  Cup  heavy cream
  • 1/2  Cup  Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4  Cup  whole-grain soy flour
  • 1/4  Cup  canola oil
  • 1  Cup  chicken broth


Thaw green beans completely (or use fresh with the ends trimmed). 

In a large sauté pan heat butter until bubbly. Add mushrooms, garlic, and salt. Cook mushrooms until nicely browned: about 10 minutes. Combine with the green beans in a 2-quart casserole dish.

To the pan, add the thyme, cayenne, nutmeg, black pepper, and chicken broth.  Sprinkle the Thick-It-Up over the top and whisk over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes until thickened. Whisk in the sour cream and heavy cream and continue to cook an additional 3 minutes until thoroughly combined and thickened.  Pour evenly over the green beans and mushrooms. Top with parmesan cheese and bake for 20 minutes until bubbly throughout. 

While the casserole is cooking, cut the onion into thin slices and separate into rings. Coat evenly with soy flour and fry in oil in small batches for one to three minutes until golden and crispy. Drain  excess oil on a paper towel and continue until all onion rings are fried. Top casserole with onion rings and serve immediately.

Green Bean Casserole Shopping Tip

Ingredients like rice, pasta, and beans make for great casserole bases – they are inexpensive, come in a variety of sizes and flavors, and can stretch meat and vegetables a long way.

Green Bean Casserole Cooking Tip

Making two casseroles is just as easy as making one – freeze the second for busy days ahead.

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