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

Better than most

November 25, 2016
This was a little more involved than opening a cream soup can, but it definitely tasted superior. However, with many other tasty side offerings, the green beans got looked over once again. The stars of course were the sweet potatoes and creamed corn, but not even the turkey got a second look really. You're pressed for time and energy, skip this recipe and go for the canned version.

Loved it

December 02, 2015
I'm not a green bean casserole fan.  I don't like the of the cream of whatever in recipes.  My husband on the other hand LOVES the green bean casserole.  I found this recipe and thought I may like it with the homemade white sauce and I did.  I found this to be delicious.  I used all the exact ingredients.   I'll try the simple method next time and I'm going to try and use ranch dressing vs the powdered for the white sauce.  I'll report back when I do.

teamjones's Review

October 09, 2014
Actually preferred the Simple Pecan-Green Bean Casserole recipe (minus the roasted red pepper). Very fresh taste.

Osuezq's Review

December 21, 2013
Listening to all the comments... I added 4 strips bacon, sauted mushrooms in bacon drippings, used the peppers, just less than called for, and adjusted the amount of sauce. Excellent dish!! This one is a keeper.

suespitznagel's Review

November 14, 2013

kellyconn77's Review

October 21, 2013

firecraker's Review

October 08, 2013

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.

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!

Packergal's Review

December 16, 2012