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My motto is… Friends don’t let friends make Thanksgiving side dishes with canned soup! So, put down that can and make this absolutely delicious and easy from-scratch Cheddar Green Bean Casserole. It’s the perfect vegetarian make-ahead dish that will have everyone raving.

Put down that can and make this absolutely delicious and easy from-scratch Cheddar Green Bean Casserole. It’s the perfect vegetarian make-ahead dish. | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

I originally shared this recipe on November 16, 2012. I have updated the images and some of the text today.

This recipe is a twist on the classic Green Bean Casserole. It tastes pretty similar to the real McCoy, except it doesn’t have canned soup or the processed canned fried onions. In fact, it’s made entirely from-scratch, then I added sharp cheddar, a glaring omission in the original recipe! So really, it’s much better than the original!

Put down that can and make this absolutely delicious and easy from-scratch Cheddar Green Bean Casserole. It’s the perfect vegetarian make-ahead dish. | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Now this Green Bean Casserole my friends, let’s talk about that!! Don’t let the fact that it’s from scratch make you think that its hard to make. It really isn’t!

Put down that can and make this absolutely delicious and easy from-scratch Cheddar Green Bean Casserole. It’s the perfect vegetarian make-ahead dish. | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

How To Make Cheddar Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

  • To start I used a mix of oil and butter to cook the shallot.
  • Then I added in the fresh chopped mushrooms to cook them down a bit.
  • In goes a little sherry, which gives it that classic comfort food flavor.
  • Next, I dusted the veggies with flour. I love that little trick because it’s an easy way to thicken a sauce without making a roux, and it uses less fat overall.
  • To the simmering sauce I added sharp cheddar cheese- look for the sharpest available. That will give you the most cheesy bang for your buck.
  • Next the steamed fresh green beans go in. Using fresh green beans makes such a difference in the overall texture. You can really control the amount of crunch they have, so you won’t end up with mushy Thanksgiving side dish.
  • Before it goes into the oven I top the casserole with a mixture of breadcrumbs, oil and seasoning. The paprika gives the breadcrumbs a dark golden color that looks so indulgent!
  • When the casserole comes out of the oven, let it cool for a wee bit before you serve it!

Put down that can and make this absolutely delicious and easy from-scratch Cheddar Green Bean Casserole. It’s the perfect vegetarian make-ahead dish. | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Don’t miss checking out a few of my other Thanksgiving favorites…

Easy Cheesy Stove-Top Butternut Squash 

Delicata Squash with Thanksgiving Stuffing

Cornbread Stuffing with Apples and Pecans {Gluten Free Option}

Healthy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Thyme

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cheddar green bean casserole
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Prep Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Category: Side-sish

Cuisine: American

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 2/3 cup

Calories per serving: 190

Fat per serving: 11 g

Saturated fat per serving: 6 g

Carbs per serving: 14 g

Protein per serving: 10 g

Fiber per serving: 3 g

Sugar per serving: 4 g

Sodium per serving: 290 mg

cheddar green bean casserole

Put down that can and make this absolutely delicious and easy from-scratch Cheddar Green Bean Casserole. It’s the perfect vegetarian make-ahead dish that will have everyone at your Thanksgiving feast raving!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • 4 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 8-ounces Crimini or white mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded and divided, 8-ounces
  • 3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a 2 1/2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Meanwhile, bring several inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Steam green beans until crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Carefully remove steamer from the saucepan, to stop the beans from cooking further.
  3. Heat 4 teaspoons oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook until just starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, thyme, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms have released their juices and the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Add sherry and cook, stirring occasionally until the liquid has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle flour over the mushroom mixture and stir to coat. Add broth and milk and bring to a simmer stirring often until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 ½ cups (6-ounces) cheddar. Add the green beans and stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish. Top with the remaining 1/2 cups (2-ounces) cheddar.
  5. Stir together the breadcrumbs and the remaining ½ teaspoon oil in a small dish. Add paprika and onion powder and stir until the breadcrumbs are evenly moist and bright orange. Sprinkle over the casserole.
  6. Transfer the casserole to the oven and bake until bubbling and golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

To Make Ahead: Prepare it through step five in advance, and then just pop it in the oven when the Turkey comes out. Keep in mind, the casserole will take a little longer in the oven if it is cold when it goes in the oven.

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