Creamy Baked Green Beans

A repeat recipe in our house: Creamy Baked Green Beans

Creamy Baked Green Beans -

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Creamy Baked Green Beans


  • 1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed and snapped in half
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 3/4 cup reduced- sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (fresh is best)
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese or Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat 1 1/2- quart oval baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a 12- inch skillet, cook onion and garlic in butter over medium heat for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in beans and thyme. Cook for 4 minutes or until onions begin to brown. Add broth. Bring to boiling. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or until broth is nearly evaporated. Add whipping cream and nutmeg. Cook for 4 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Stir in half of the cheese, all of the salt & pepper, and then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes or until beans are tender- crisp.


  • If preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use a brand of chicken broth that is known to be GF.
  • You may also sub trimmed and halved brussel sprouts for the beans. Increase baking time to 20 to 25 minutes.
SOURCE: (Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)


  1. postedNov 15, 2013 9:46 AM

    How many servings does this creamy baked green beans serve? I’m looking for a recipe for thanksgiving that would accommodate my mom who is allergic to mushrooms and my brother in law who is gluten free and this looks like it would work. However we will have 20 people at our thanksgiving meal.


    • postedNov 17, 2013 9:51 PM

      I’d say it would serve about 8, considering all of the other dishes served at a Thanksgiving meal.

  2. postedNov 25, 2013 12:13 PM
    Melissa Kramer

    Thank you for your response to my email. Is this a dish that I can prepare a=
    nd start anything the night before to make it easier on the day of? If so h=
    ow can I do that? I’m sorry I am new in the kitchen LOL

    • postedNov 25, 2013 9:28 PM

      Well, I’d say you could prep earlier in the day, cover and refrigerate and then bake. I’m not sure about the night before though.

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