Green Bean Casserole

Need some healthy Christmas dinner ideas? We have a green and delicious casserole recipe to impress your guest and keep them in shape! Some of the health benefits of green beans include the reduced risk of heart disease and colon cancer, as well as an improved regulation of diabetes. 

The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company. The inspiration of this entree was to combine 2 ingredients Americans always had on hand during the 50's which were green beans and cream of mushroom soup. Over the years tons of variations were made and the green bean casserole has become a holiday favorite! 

Food and nutrition expert Frances Largeman-Roth shares her modernized version of the classic green bean casserole. Not only is this recipe lighter, but it is easier than usual to make! Ingredients include unsalted butter, flour, whole milk, creme fraîche, dried thyme, salt, pepper, virgin olive oil, white mushrooms, green beans, French fried onions, and shredded Parmesan Cheese. 


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) package white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraiche
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup French fried onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth, whisking constantly. Add in the milk a little at a time, whisking continuously. Add the crème fraiche, thyme, salt and pepper and keep whisking until the mixture is thick and creamy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute for 3 minutes per side, until golden. Transfer mushrooms to a large bowl and set aside. To the same pan, add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and heat over medium-high. Add the beans and saute for 5 minutes, until the color has brightened. Transfer beans to the bowl with the mushroom. Pour the prepared sauce over the beans and mushrooms, stirring gently until evenly coated with the sauce. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and top with the fried onions and Parmesan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Serves 12
Frances Largeman Roth

This video features Frances Largeman Roth.

Duration: 04:01.

Difficulty: Easy

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 12
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
6.85% Complete
15.3846153846% Complete
5.66666666667% Complete
8.17391304348% Complete
6.97674418605% Complete
4.0% Complete
6.0% Complete
7.8431372549% Complete
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Lower Sodium
Lower Sodium
Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Carbohydrate
Lower Carbohydrate
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