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Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

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This easy Green Bean Casserole recipe is a classic side dish that shouldn’t be limited to the holidays! Just six ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, this casserole is a must-make for every gathering.

green bean casserole in baking dish on table

Recipe Features:

  • Quick and Easy: This recipe is incredibly simple to make with minimal steps and only 5 minutes of prep time.
  • 5 Ingredient Side Dish: Only 5 main ingredients, with the addition of pepper.
  • 30-Minute Recipe: Start to finish, this recipe is ready in just 30 minutes.

I truly feel that green bean casserole is the most underrated recipe of Thanksgiving. It combines my absolute favorite veggie with crispy onions. SO. GOOD. It also happens to be incredibly easy.

This is the perfect holiday casserole and one that most of us grew up enjoying. It reminds me so much of those big family gatherings and is considered the ultimate comfort food casserole in our home.

can of green beans inside baking dish

Easy Green Bean Casserole Ingredients:

This recipe is based off of the classic Campbell’s recipe which uses a cream soup base and canned beans. You can definitely try making a from scratch green bean casserole, and I do recommend it, but this version is our go-to. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need to get started:

  • Green Beans– The star of the show. For this recipe you can use canned, fresh, or frozen beans. For that classic softer texture you will want to stick with canned. Frozen and fresh should be boiled for about 5 minutes before adding to the dish.
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup– The base of your casserole sauce. Creamed soup is what adds a punch of flavor and gives you a nice creamy finish. You can definitely substitute for other cream soup flavors, but mushroom is the one used most frequently.
  • Soy Sauce– Just a dash makes all the difference. The salt in the soy elevates all of the other flavors and helps them blend together beautifully.
  • Milk– Just a smidge to help thin the cream soup and help it disperse evenly.
  • French Fried Onions– Essential to the recipe and give you that wonderful crispy topping. We use them on so many other recipes too! Try using the leftovers on your favorite quick casserole, burgers, and even meatloaf!
Homemade green bean casserole with spoon in dish

How to Make the Best Green Bean Casserole:

There’s a reason this dish is so popular. It is incredibly simple to make and gives you a side dish the entire family will fall in love with. Let’s break down the steps.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, beans, and 2/3 cups of onions in a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbly.
  4. Sprinkle with the remaining onions and bake an additional five minutes or until the onions are golden.
  5. Serve warm.
Homemade green bean casserole

Make Ahead Green Bean Casserole:

Did you know you can prep this casserole up to 48 hours in advance? How convenient is that? Especially when you are preparing that big show stopping Thanksgiving meal and need to focus more on the turkey or stuffing? Here’s how you can get this ready before the big day and have it ready for the oven:

  1. Mix the soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, beans, and 2/3 cups of onions in a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
  2. Cover tightly with foil or plastic wrap.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Uncover and bake 25 minutes, or until hot a bubbly.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining onions on top of the dish and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until the onions are toasty and warm.
  7. Serve immediately.
French Fried Onions

Tips and FAQ’s:

This recipe is fairly straight forward. The instruction list is clear and simple, but there are a few tips I can suggest. Below are the most common questions for homemade green bean casserole.

How to make this recipe ahead:

This recipe can be made in advance through step 2. Cover the casserole dish and keep stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. When ready to bake, remove the cover and follow the directions.

Using fresh green beans vs canned:

The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily substitute fresh green beans for canned. You will need to steam the fresh beans for 5 to 6 minutes, or until soft, before adding to the casserole. Be sure to trim before you steam.

What goes with green bean casserole?

We love to serve this recipe at Thanksgiving, but it pairs well with so many dishes! Some of our favorites are Smoked Turkey Breast, Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu, Malibu Chicken, or Oven Roasted Chicken.

What can be substituted for French fried onions?

No fried onions? No problem! You can substitute this crispy topping with regular potato chips or Ritz cracker crumbs!

Green Bean Casserole Recipe spooned onto plate

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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy Green Bean Casserole recipe is a classic side dish that shouldn’t be limited to the holidays! Just six ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, this casserole is a must-make for every gathering.

Ingredients

  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups cooked green beans
  • 1-1/3 cup French fried onions

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, beans, and 2/3 cups of onions in a casserole bowl.

3. Bake for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbly.

4. Sprinkle with the remaining onions and bake an additional five minutes or until the onions are golden.

Notes

No crispy onions? Try plain potato chips or crushed Ritz crackers.

Want to use fresh green beans? Substitute 1-1/2 lbs fresh beans for the canned. Be sure to boil for 5 to 8 minutes or until slightly softened.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 755mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g
You can not go wrong with a classic green bean casserole recipe filled with canned or fresh green beans, mushroom soup, and topped with fried onions. Try this Thanksgiving recipe for your next gathering!

Kaylynn

Friday 15th of November 2013

I'm a recent convert to the green bean casserole concept. My opinion: ANYTHING with those french fried onions on it is delicious. Just saying. Thanks for sharing! Mwa!

Yvonne @ TriedandTasty

Friday 15th of November 2013

I've never been a fan of green bean casserole, but so many people are that I want to make it - I'm on a quest to adapt the recipe to eliminate the creamed soup! I know my aunt would love this, I'll have to share your recipe with her :)

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