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Green Bean Casserole
Points+ 5 Per Serving
2 1/2 pound green beans,
trimmed and cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
2 1/2 cups low-fat milk
1 1/2 cups fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1. Position racks in upper and lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F.
2. Toss green beans in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil until well coated. Divide between 2
baking sheets and spread in an even layer. Roast, stirring once and rotating the pans top to
bottom about halfway through, until tender and beginning to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and
cook, stirring frequently, until very soft and golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add flour, salt and
pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add milk and continue to stir, scraping up any
browned bits. Cook, stirring, until the sauce bubbles and thickens enough to coat the back of
a spoon, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. (See Tips.)
4. When the green beans are done, remove from the oven. Preheat the broiler.
5. Transfer half the green beans to a 2-quart, broiler-safe baking dish. Spread half the sauce
over the green beans. Add the remaining green beans and top with the remaining sauce.
6. Combine breadcrumbs and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl (skip this step if
you are topping with cheese).
7. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture (or cheese) over the gratin. Place under the broiler and
broil, watching closely, until the gratin is bubbling and beginning to brown on top, 1 to 5
minutes, depending on your broiler. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 8 Servings (1 Cup Per Serving)
Nutritional Info: 170 calories; 7 g fat; 23 g carbs; 7 g protein; 5 g fiber