This low carb HEALTHY GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE is made from scratch with all kinds of goodness! This is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish, but it’s easy enough to make any night of the week. We swapped a homemade sauce for the can of cream soup.
I grew up side-eyeing the green bean casserole.
Let’s be real – it’s not the prettiest dish and also, as a kid, green beans were the devil.
Luckily, my kiddos did not inherit the hatred of green beans that I had as a kid. They LOVE them and now I do too.
Normally I just make my all time favorite canned green beans with bacon, but as the holiday season approaches, I knew I had to dream up a low carb green bean casserole.
I’m calling this a ‘healthy green bean casserole’ but I know I’m going to get some flack for it. Healthy is such a relative term – if you’re low carb though, this fits the bill. If you’re trying to eat low calorie or low fat, you might want to look elsewhere. 😉
This isn’t going to taste quite the same as a traditional green bean casserole, but if you ask me, it tastes better and you won’t go into a carb coma afterwards.
Green Beans – Just like the classic, we’re using canned green beans. Frozen work well too!
Bacon – A must for any good green bean casserole.
Cream Cheese – No cans of soup here! This cheesy green bean casserole doesn’t need any canned soup because the cream cheese will do the job of coating the beans and adding lots of great flavor.
Pork Rinds – Instead of fried onions, you’ll top this casserole with crushed pork rinds and minced onion. All the flavor without the carbs!
“This is so AMAZING! This is a dish that I would totally make for myself and probably keep for myself. My grandmother used to make something similar when I was a little girl.” – Rose M
- Fry the Bacon – All great recipes start with bacon, right? Start frying up some bacon in a skillet until it’s begun to brown and then add in the diced onions and the garlic. Cook until soft. You’ll need to drain the grease but be sure to reserve about a tablespoon of it in the skillet. Bacon flavored green beans are the best!
- Prepare the Cheese Sauce – We’re going to make a cheesy sauce that’ll coat the green beans in flavor! Add the cream cheese and the chicken broth to the skillet with the bacon, onions, garlic, and remaining bacon grease. Stir the cream cheese as it heats up and melts in the broth with the bacon until you’ve got a smooth and creamy cheese sauce. Finally, you can season it with a bit of salt and pepper!
- Mix the Green Beans – Once the cheese sauce is ready add the green beans to a mixing bowl and then pour all the cheesy bacon sauce over the top. Stir everything up so that the sauce is fully coating the green beans and then transfer it all to a baking dish. This recipe will work with canned green beans or frozen green beans. If you’re using fresh, you’ll probably need to steam them a bit first before baking.
- Top & Bake – When you’ve added the green beans and cheese sauce mixture to the baking dish you are almost ready to bake! Everyone loves the crunchy goodness of the fried onions that traditionally top a green bean casserole, but they’re full of carbs so we’re getting creative while still keeping things simple. Crush up some pork rinds and sprinkle those over the top along with a little dried minced onion. Flavor + crunch! Doesn’t get better than that! Bake the green bean casserole for 30 minutes and serve immediately.
It should be okay to make a day ahead of time and bake later, though you’ll probably want to wait to add the pork rinds until just before baking.
I’ve only ever used canned or frozen green beans in this recipe. You can use fresh but you’ll probably need to steam them a bit first or they won’t fully cook through when baking.
Nope, if you are using frozen green beans no need to thaw them first!
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- 6 slices bacon, chopped
- ¼ cup diced onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 30 ounces canned green beans
- ½ cup crushed pork rinds
- 1 teaspoon dried onions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the bacon to a medium skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is beginning to brown.
- Add the onion and garlic to the bacon and continue cooking and stirring until bacon is crisp and onion is soft.
- Drain all but 1 tablespoon of grease from the skillet.
- Add the cream cheese and chicken broth to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the cream cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the green beans to a large mixing bowl and pour the cream cheese sauce over the top. Stir well to coat.
- Add green beans to a 9x13 baking dish and sprinkle the top with the pork rinds and dried minced onion.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
Frozen green beans may be subbed for canned.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 17gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 594mgCarbohydrates: 8gNet Carbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 15g
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