Prep Time
10 Mins
Bake Time
30 Mins
Makes 6 to 8 servings

This recipe is similar to the classic green bean casserole, but with a few twists. Toss blanched green beans with a buttermilk-Ranch dressing and top with panko breadcrumbs, crushed French-fried onions, chopped pecans, and shredded Cheddar cheese. Your kids will love the cheese and crunchy topping, and you'll love watching them eat the beans underneath. We suggest you shred the Cheddar cheese yourself for smooth and even melting.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine Buttermilk White Sauce, peppers, and 1/2 cup cheese in a large bowl; add green beans, tossing gently to combine. Place in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch or 3-qt. baking dish.

Step 2

Combine French fried onions, Japanese breadcrumbs, chopped pecans, and remaining 1/2 cup cheese, and sprinkle over green bean mixture.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Step 4

Simple Pecan-Green Bean Casserole: Omit shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. Preheat oven to 350°. Place French fried onions, Japanese breadcrumbs, and chopped pecans in an even layer in a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring after 5 minutes. Prepare Buttermilk White Sauce and Simple Blanched Green Beans as directed. (Do not plunge beans into ice water.) Gently toss together green beans and roasted red bell peppers, and spoon onto a serving platter. Top with Buttermilk White Sauce, and sprinkle with toasted pecan mixture. Makes 6 to 8 servings; Prep: 10 min., Bake: 10 min.

Ratings & Reviews

mwinters's Review

December 26, 2012
I made this for Christmas and thought it was delicious! All our guests agreed... one even mentioned that she could've made a meal of the casserole alone. I used 2 lbs of fresh green beans and sub'd finely chopped fresh red pepper like another reviewer, but other than that, I followed the recipe. I'm already looking for another reason to make this dish!

CookingCrazy's Review

January 20, 2013
Made this for our past Christmas family dinner. It was delicious and everyone like it. For those of you complaining that there is no link for the buttermilk white sauce, all you have to do is "click" on Buttermilk White Sauce" and it will take you to that recipe. It is the first thing listed under the words "Ingredients". I plan on making this casserole for a church dinner we have coming up, but will double the recipe.

kellyconn77's Review

October 21, 2013

beachwriter's Review

October 30, 2012
Although it sounds good, I haven't yet tried this recipe because I have no idea what a "buttermilk white sauce" is and can't understand why there's no link to a recipe for it or at least an explanation of what it is. I searched the site for more info but couldn't find any. Very disappointed in this lack of information. We're not all as smart as the "geniuses" at Southern Living...

Packergal's Review

December 16, 2012

firecraker's Review

October 08, 2013

suespitznagel's Review

November 14, 2013

KarlaKadow's Review

November 08, 2012
I couldn't find the buttermilk white sauce recipe until I watched the video. It would be nice if the recipe was included with the casserole recipe, but we will try this green bean casserole instead of the one made with cream of mushroom soup.

michellekb's Review

November 20, 2009
A very delicious addition to a special meal. After reading the reviews, just make sure everything is seasoned correctly- also make sure to cook the green beans to desired tenderness before you bake. I left out the roasted red peppers as half the family is not a fan! It was delicious- the one dish at the table that was completely polished off! This will be a regular at our festive family gatherings.

jjfadoosh's Review

December 27, 2008
We loved this. I made it for x-mas dinner for the first time. I adjusted the amount of beans based upon prior comments. 2 lbs of beans worked perfectly. I used frozen and cooked them according to the package. Even non-veggie eaters enjoyed this. A classier, yet soul warming version of the cream of mush with french fried onions. I'm sure that I can create a lighted version using skim milk etc that will work well with my everyday Weight Watchers routine. But for a holiday splurge (not even fatty enough to be a splurge) it was great!