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Fabulous Ranch Green Beans Recipe


This is a green beans recipe like you’ve never tasted before and it is FABULOUS! The green beans are creamy and full of that comforting ranch flavor that everyone loves all topped with a crunchy Panko topping. Boom! You’re going to love this vegetable side dish!

I’ve been spending some quality time with more and more teenagers lately, and I’ve never felt more old and out of touch. Haha! I find myself asking them to explain all the slang words they are using. I learned a new one the other day and I’m totally incorporating it into my everyday lingo because it’s used to describe really, really good food — now that is something I can relate to! The word is “bussin’”. I can confidently say that these green beans are totally bussin’! 

After I accidentally created our melt-in-your-mouth baked ranch chicken, I had the thought that swapping the chicken for green beans would be stellar! And then I thought, nobody ever cares about green bean recipes. My next thought was…I don’t care! I’m going to do it anyway! And I was 100% correct, creamy ranch green bean casserole is out of this world…aka bussin’! And you need to try it!

a photo of a casserole dish full of bright green fresh green beans mixed with minced shallots.

Ingredients for Ranch Green Bean Casserole

You only need a few ingredients to make this tasty side dish, and most of the items will already be things you have on hand. Here is what you will need:

  • Green Beans – fresh, washed, trimmed and then blanched
  • Shallot – part of the onion and garlic family but more subtle in flavor
  • Salt and Pepper – adds flavor
  • Butter – used in the base for the sauce and as a binder for the crunchy Panko topping  
  • Flour – thickens the sauce
  • Ranch Salad Dressing – Trust me on this, make it from the packet, following the directions. It will taste way better then if you just buy a bottle of ranch.
  • Milk – combines with the ranch to create the sauce
  • Panko Breadcrumbs – Japanese-style breadcrumbs that adds crunch to the top of this casserole

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post. You can also save and/or print the recipe from there.

a photo of a white casserole dish full of creamy green beans topped with a golden panko breadcrumb topping.

How to Blanch Green Beans

Blanching green beans takes just a few quick and easy steps. Fill a large pot of water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add kosher salt to the water (about 1 tablespoon for every quart of water). When the water starts boiling, add the beans and let them cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice while the beans are cooking. When the beans have finished cooking, transfer the beans to the ice bath. Let them sit for a few minutes in the cold water. This helps the green beans maintain their crunch and bright green color. Then you can proceed with the rest of the recipe as written.

a close up photo of green beans mixed with a creamy ranch sauce all topped with a golden crunchy panko topping.

How to Make Ranch Green Bean Casserole

This green beans recipe is so simple to make. First, you prep the green beans, then make the ranch sauce, and finally the panko topping goes on top. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Blanch the green beans (see section below).
  2. Sauté the green beans with the shallot.
  3. Add the green beans to a casserole dish.
  4. Make the ranch sauce by melting butter and whisking it with flour. Then adding the ranch and milk and mixing everything together.
  5. Pour the sauce over the green beans.
  6. Combine melted butter or olive oil with the panko crumbs and then sprinkle the topping over the sauce green beans.
  7. Bake the green beans.

This is just a brief overview of the steps to make this vegetable dish. All the instructions in full detail can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

a photo of the corner of a casserole dish full of green beans topped with a creamy ranch sauce with a crunchy golden panko topping.

Can I Use Onions Instead of Shallots?

Yes, onions can be used, but it will change the flavor slightly. Onions have a much stronger flavor than shallots do.

Can Frozen or Canned Green Beans Be Used?

I would go with frozen green beans before using canned green beans. Canned green beans will be overly mushy. If you use frozen green beans, allow them to thaw, drain off or pat dry any excess moisture and proceed with the recipe instructions as listed.

a photo of a wooden plate with two roasted chicken thighs sitting next to a helping of creamy ranch green beans topped with crunchy golden panko.

How Long Do Green Beans Keep?

This green bean casserole recipe will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days. The topping will lose it’s crunch within a day or so.

This dish won’t freeze well because of the sauce, so it is best eaten within a few days.

To reheat it, you can warm it up in the microwave for a single serving or two. To warm up a large serving, place the green beans in an oven safe dish and heat it in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Watch How This Recipe is Made…

If you’re looking for a tasty spin on green bean casserole for Thanksgiving or Christmas (or just a nice Sunday meal), you have to try this creamy ranch green beans recipe! It is mouthwatering, totally spectacular and completely “bussin”!

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Servings: 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Description

A green beans recipe like you’ve never tasted before! The green beans are creamy & full of ranch flavor all topped w/ crunchy Panko topping.

  • Blanch the green beans then move them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

  • In a skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering.

  • Add the green beans and the shallots to the skillet and saute.

  • Once the green beans and shallots are starting to get golden, remove to a sprayed 9×13” pan. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce.

For the Sauce

  • Melt butter in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until cooked through, about 30 seconds. Whisk in the ranch and milk until slightly thickened, and pour over the green beans.

Serving: 1cupCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 313mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 978IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 2mg

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: 200+ Easy Side Dish Recipes Every Mom Needs

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