This recipe calls for fresh green beans and mushrooms. Although a little more work than traditional green bean casseroles it is well worth the extra effort. It is also lower in fats and sodium as the fried onion rings are replaced by whole wheat topper. It is also great for people on diabetic diets. You can substitute wheat bread crumbs for the panko bread crumbs, if desired.



Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook uncovered until tender but still firm to the bite, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; whisk flour, ranch dressing mix, and white pepper into butter until a paste-like consistency is reached. Pour milk into butter mixture; cook, whisking constantly, until sauce is thick and bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in hot skillet until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Transfer 1/2 of the onion mixture to a plate and return skillet to heat.

  • Stir mushrooms into skillet with remaining onion mixture; cook and stir until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir mushroom mixture, green beans, and sauce together in a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Stir reserved onion mixture and bread crumbs together in a bowl; sprinkle over green bean mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until hot and bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

170 calories; protein 7.4g; carbohydrates 30.7g; fat 4.8g; cholesterol 11.4mg; sodium 231.7mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
We liked this a lot; just shy of loving it. It is creamy, fresh and flavorful, the panko/onion topping crunchy and quite good. Still, it needed a little oomph of seasoning. Hubs and I agree that a dash or two of Worcestershire would accomplish that and elevate this easily to a 5-star dish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I am not a fan of the typical "holiday" green bean casserole because I don't like using the canned soup and I think it is very heavy. I was intrigued by this recipe using fresh ingredients and skim milk for a lighter sauce. I was very pleased with the end result! The green beans were not mushy and I loved using fresh vegetables in the casserole. The use of the ranch dressing mix was also a nice addition of flavor and gave you the salt you needed without using excess sodium. I loved the onions and garlic in the panko, but, I do think I would add some more seasonings to the crumbs or even used seasoned panko instead. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks so much for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I could not believe the flavor it has. It was so good. The bean were fresh from my garden. Thank you. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Like it a lot but needs more sauce to bean ratio. Tasty though! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I still use the French Fried Onions on top instead of panco. However I make the rest of the recipe as it is written. After I made and served this the first time my family said they wanted it this way all the time. This recipe is more than well worth the effort. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really liked this recipe and would give it 5 stars with the following changes to proportions: double the green beans or cut the cream sauce in half, and add a few twists of the salt mill and Several twists of the pepper mill. It is otherwise quite bland, even with the sauted onion and garlic. I would also suggest thyme or oregano for fuller flavor. Will definitely make again with my modifications to taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Nice creamy texture. Much more flavor throughout this dish Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I will never go back to using soup again for this recipe! It was creamy and fresh tasting. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
delish! my new green bean casserole thank you! Read More