Green Beans Supreme With Sour Cream

Green Beans
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 27 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
266 Calories
13g Fat
29g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 266
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 8g
Calcium 162mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This green bean casserole is made with sour cream, cheese, and a variety of herbs and seasonings. A nice change from the classic green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup, this dish can be made with fresh or frozen green beans. 

If you make it the night before, wait to add the cheese and breadcrumbs before baking. The perfect side dish for a holiday dinner or a fall or winter weekend meal, this casserole is good served alongside mashed or sweet potatoes. 


  • 1 pound fresh green beans (cut french-style)
  • 1 small onion (halved and thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mild cheddar or American cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook fresh-cut beans until just crisp-tender, or use frozen beans, cooked according to package directions; drain.

  2. Cook onion and parsley (if you don't have fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon dried will do) in 2 tablespoons of the butter until onion is tender. Blend in flour, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Add milk; cook until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.

  3. Stir hot mixture into sour cream and cooked beans; heat until sauce just begins to bubble.

  4. Spoon into a 1 to 1 1/2-quart casserole; sprinkle cheese over the top. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter; toss with breadcrumbs and sprinkle over cheese.

  5. Broil about 5 inches from broiler until cheese melts and crumbs brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.


  • This recipe can be prepared the night before, but leave the toppings of cheese and breadcrumbs off until you're ready to bake it.