Vegan Green Bean Casserole

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Prepare to savor the comforting flavors of a beloved classic with a compassionate twist – Creamy Vegan Green Bean Casserole. In this blog post, we unveil a delicious recipe that brings together the rich creaminess of a luscious sauce, the crunch of tender green beans, and the irresistible allure of crispy fried onions. This plant-based rendition of a cherished dish will leave you amazed by the flavors and textures that can be achieved without the use of animal products. Join us on this culinary journey as we celebrate a heartwarming casserole that’s perfect for holiday feasts, family gatherings, or any occasion that calls for a hearty and satisfying meal.

The Vegan Green Bean Casserole is a plant-based twist on a beloved classic, the traditional Green Bean Casserole. The original Green Bean Casserole is believed to have been created in the 1950s, and it gained immense popularity when the recipe was first featured on a can of Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup. This dish quickly became a staple at Thanksgiving and other holiday feasts across the United States.

The vegan version of this casserole aims to provide a cruelty-free and dairy-free alternative without sacrificing the comforting flavors and textures that make this dish so cherished.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Creamy Vegan Green Bean Casserole is a delightful interpretation of a classic American dish that encapsulates the essence of comfort and nostalgia. This vegan version maintains the heartiness and flavor of the traditional casserole while embracing plant-based ingredients. The creamy mushroom sauce, made with a base of nut milk and vegetable broth, lends a velvety texture to the dish. Fresh green beans bring a vibrant crunch, while crispy fried onions add a delightful contrast and an irresistible savory topping. This vegan green bean casserole is a testament to the creativity and versatility of plant-based cooking, offering a dish that's both familiar and innovative.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 40 mins Rest Time 10 mins Total Time 1 hr 10 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 8 Calories: 152.23 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a baking dish.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and blanch the green beans for 2 minutes, then immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.

  3. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent.

  4. Add the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic to the skillet and cook until the mushrooms are tender and any liquid has evaporated.

  5. Sprinkle the flour over the mushroom mixture and stir to combine, creating a roux.

  6. Gradually whisk in the nut milk and vegetable broth to create a smooth sauce. Allow the sauce to simmer and thicken.

  7. Stir in the nutritional yeast, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Adjust the seasonings to taste.

  8. Add the blanched green beans to the sauce and stir until they are well coated.

  9. Transfer the green bean mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and the beans are tender.

  11. Remove the casserole from the oven and top it with the crispy fried onions.

  12. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the fried onions are golden and crispy.

  13. Allow the casserole to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 152.23kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.39g10%
Saturated Fat 0.91g5%
Sodium 432.96mg19%
Potassium 323.22mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 20.21g7%
Dietary Fiber 3.13g13%
Sugars 4.04g
Protein 4.83g10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.

Note

Tips and Variations:
  • For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free flour and ensure the crispy fried onions are also gluten-free.
  • Experiment with different types of nut milk for a unique flavor profile in the creamy sauce.
  • Add a pinch of smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Customize the topping by adding chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or thyme, to the crispy fried onions.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve Creamy Vegan Green Bean Casserole as a delightful side dish alongside your favorite holiday feast or as a satisfying main course for a comforting weeknight dinner.
Allergen Information:

Vegan Green Bean Casserole is a great option for those with common dietary restrictions like dairy allergies or lactose intolerance. However, it's essential to be mindful of potential allergens when preparing this dish, particularly if you're using packaged ingredients. Consider the following allergen information:

  • Nuts: Many vegan green bean casserole recipes use ingredients like almond milk or cashews to create a creamy base. Be aware of nut allergies, and choose alternative dairy-free milk options if needed.

  • Gluten: Traditional fried onions used as a topping often contain wheat and are not gluten-free. To accommodate those with gluten sensitivities, look for gluten-free fried onion alternatives or consider making your own.

  • Soy: Some vegan cream of mushroom soups may contain soy ingredients. If you or your guests have soy allergies, ensure you select a soy-free soup or make your own from scratch.

  • Cross-Contamination: When preparing this dish in a kitchen where animal-based ingredients are also used, be cautious of cross-contamination that could occur from shared utensils or surfaces.

Wine or Drink Pairing:

Choosing the right beverage to pair with your Vegan Green Bean Casserole can elevate the dining experience:

  • Chardonnay: The buttery and slightly oaky notes of Chardonnay complement the creamy mushroom sauce and the earthy flavors of the green beans.

  • Pinot Grigio: This light and crisp white wine offers a refreshing contrast to the casserole's richness, making it an excellent choice for balancing the meal.

  • Sparkling Water with Lemon: For a non-alcoholic option, sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon is a refreshing choice that cleanses the palate between bites.

Storage and Leftovers:

If you have leftovers or wish to prepare the Vegan Green Bean Casserole in advance, here's how to store and reheat it:

  • Refrigeration: Allow any leftovers to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

  • Reheating: To reheat, place the casserole in an oven preheated to 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can use a microwave for quicker reheating. Be sure to cover it with a microwave-safe lid or a microwave-safe plate to prevent splatters.

  • Toppings: The crispy fried onions might lose their crunch after refrigeration. You can try crisping them up in a toaster oven or on a baking sheet in the oven before serving.

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