Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Green Bean Casserole by Roni Proter

Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes


4 people

I think there’s a part of us that really loves traditional food for the holidays,  like the green bean casserole smothered in the can of mushroom soup, and mom’s mashed potatoes, but then there’s a side that just wants something new, something fresh.

Personally, I hate feeling horrible after I’ve had a big holiday meal and I think a lot of that is sodium so if I’m going to eat something indulgent, it better taste good! So today, I’m taking the traditional green bean casserole and I’m giving it a facelift; upgrade you might say.

Want to see how it’s done? Watch the how-to video right here!


  • 12 oz Haricot Vert (French green beans)
  • 8 oz criminology mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fried onions
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 1 Melt the butter in a large sauté pan and add the mushrooms. Stir until slightly softened, then season with salt.
  • 2 Add the green beans, season with salt and cook until tender, for several minutes (You can cover with a lid and let steam to help cook them faster).
  • 3 Remove from the heat, place in a bowl, then add the chopped bacon to the pan and crisp for just a minute.
  • 4 Sprinkle the chopped bacon on top of the green beans, then add the fried onions and serve.



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