This Keto Green Bean Casserole combines green beans with onion, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese to make a low-carb and creamy green bean side dish.
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Do you love the holidays but dread all the extra food and cooking? This keto green bean casserole recipe is perfect for any holiday gathering, and it’s so easy to make. Best of all, it’s low carb and guilt-free. So ditch the unhealthy side dishes and make this delicious keto green bean casserole instead.
It’s easy to make and comes together quickly, baking in just 15 minutes. If you’re serving it for the holidays, no one will be bothered by the fact that it’s low-carb because it’s so tasty.
Ingredients You Need
- Green Beans – It’s best to use fresh green beans (aka string beans or snap beans). You can also use wax beans or purple beans. I’ve also used broad bean pods successfully in this recipe.
- Bacon – I’m a big believer that bacon makes everything better!
- Shallot – I tend to go light on the onions because they have a higher carb count, so a shallot is the perfect substitute. You can use as much as you like, or add some green onions instead that have less carbs.
- Garlic – Always use fresh garlic that hasn’t been kept in the refrigerator for too long. This has the best flavor and no bitterness that comes from older garlic.
- Cream Cheese– For a keto diet, I always recommend buying full fat diary products, especially cream cheese. The low fat version is not very good. This needs to be softened ahead of time, so be sure to remove it from the refrigerator beforehand.
- Worcestershire sauce – This add such a punch of umami flavor.
- Dijon mustard – Give the dish a bit of an acidic kick with a creamy Dijon mustard
- Chicken broth – Use a low-sodium broth to not add extra salt to the dish. You can also use water mixed with bouillon cubes.
- Salt & pepper – This is what really brings the flavor out in this dish, so be sure to add the salt and pepper. You might also taste the dish once it’s done cooking and add more to suit your taste.
- Cheddar cheese – I always shred my own cheese for recipe because pre-shredded often comes coated with flour or another anti-stick agent that I don’t want to add to my food.
- Crispy Onions – I like to add crispy onions on top of the casserole, which you can do by making them yourself or buying them. Check the package for carb details to avoid buying one that is loaded with carbs. To make them, cut the onions into slices and then into about 1″ pieces. Toss them with coconut flour and fry in a pan with oil until crispy.
This dish requires a few different dishes to get the job done. You’re going to need:
- An oven-safe 8×8″ square or round dish
- Medium pot
- Frying pan
How to Make Keto Green Bean Casserole
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and blanch them for 3 minutes. Blanching is just rapidly cooking them for a quick period of time. I prefer my beans to have a little crunch in them, so I blanch them for 4 minutes. If you want them to be crispier, cook for 3 minutes. And softer cook for 5 minutes.
Drain the beans and set them aside.
In a pan over medium heat, add the olive oil. When hot, add the shallots and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the softened cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, chicken stock, salt and pepper to the pan and whisk it together until melted and creamy.
Add the green beans and bacon to the pan and stir. Dump the mixture into the baking dish.
Top with crispy onions and cheddar cheese. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until bubbly and hot.
Additional Tips & Substitutions
- Avoid overcooking the green beans, as they will become brown and soggy. It’s best not to blanch them longer than 4 minutes.
- You can use canned green beans if it’s the only thing you can get, but they won’t have the same nice crunch to them. If you use canned beans, there’s no need to blanch them prior to adding them to the sauce.
- It’s always best to shred the cheese yourself from a blog so it doesn’t have the anti-caking agent on it that can keep it from melting well.
- If you don’t like cheddar or don’t have it on hand, you can substitute it with Monterey Jack or even Mozzarella.
How Many Carbs Are In Green Beans?
Green beans are a good choice of vegetable while on a low carb or keto diet. They are low in carbs, especially if you limit your serving size.
There are 7 total grams of carbohydrates in 100 grams of green beans. That’s about 16 4″-long beans, or 1 cup of 1/2″ long pieces. There is also 2.7 grams of fiber in that same amount. That makes it 4.3 net grams of carbs in this size serving.
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Keto Green Bean Casserole
- 8×8 Casserole dish
- Medium cooking pot
- Frying pan
- 1 pound fresh green beans trimmed
- 4 strips bacon cooked and chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 shallot minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 6 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup chicken stock unsalted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
- 1/4 cup crispy onions optional
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Blanch the green beans in a pot of boiling water for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- In a pan over medium heat, add the olive oil. When hot, add the shallots and saute for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, chicken stock, salt and pepper to the pan and whisk it together until melted and creamy.
- Add the green beans and bacon to the pan and stir. Dump the mixture into an 8×8” square or round baking dish.
- Top with cheddar cheese and crispy onions. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until bubbly and hot.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Laura is dedicated to a low-carb lifestyle after losing 52 pounds on the keto diet. As many of us do, she struggles with her weight and has found that one of the only diet lifestyles that allows her to maintain a healthy weight is a low-carb diet. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.