Nordic White Bean and Brussels Sprouts Casserole

Of course we added bacon to this fabulous one dish dinner, or a spectacular side dish for those special dinners or potluck meals!

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Prep Time:
25 minutes
Cook Time:
30-35 minutes
Total Time:
1 hour
8 cups/2 L


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced leeks, white part only (see tips)
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded & sliced
  • 2 cups (500 mL) halved Brussels sprouts
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) white beans, drained & rinsed (yields 1 1/4 cups/300 mL cooked beans) (see tips)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) no salt added chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cream (10% MF or higher)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded Gouda or Havarti cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fine bread crumbs, such as Panko


  1. Cook bacon until all the fat is rendered out then set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium, heat canola oil and sauté leeks, carrots, Brussels sprouts and red pepper for about 5 minutes, just until slightly soft and fragrant.
  3. Stir in beans and reserved bacon and spoon mixture into a 3-4 quart (3-4 L) casserole dish.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  5. Into the same skillet, over low heat, add butter or margarine to melt. With a whisk, stir in flour, thyme and paprika, to make a roux. Very slowly, while stirring, add broth and whisk to make a smooth sauce. Stir in cream and 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated cheese to make a smooth, thick sauce.
  6. Pour sauce over vegetable mixture, stir to combine. Sprinkle top of casserole with remaining cheese and bread crumbs.
  7. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until vegetables are tender and top is golden brown.


  • You can substitute chopped yellow onion for the leeks.
  • White beans include great northern, white kidney, cannellini and navy beans. You could also use romano beans in this recipe.


Serving Size 1 cup/250 mL: Calories 299, Fat 19 g, Saturated Fat 8 g, Cholesterol 37 mg, Carbohydrate 22 g, Fibre 4 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 10 g, Sodium 229 mg, Potassium 450 mg, Folate 79 mcg, Iron 3 mg

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