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Traditional Homemade Green Bean Casserole

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Green bean casserole is THE traditional Thanksgiving side dish – It’s the side that everyone is looking forward to digging into and would surely be missed if it wasn’t present. This classic casserole is made with a creamy mushroom sauce, green beans, cheddar cheese, and topped with crispy fried onions!

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Green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving staple. It’s creamy, it’s cheesy, it has fried onions… what more could you ask for in a side dish? Not much if you ask me!

Not only is it a classic Thanksgiving side dish that goes well with everything from turkey to ham, but you can also call it a time-saver! You pretty much just open and dump and the oven does the rest! This recipe for green bean casserole will show you how to make a traditional homemade version of this holiday favorite. All you need are some canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, Worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese, and crispy fried onions.

Why You’ll Love This Green Bean Casserole With Cream Of Mushroom Soup

  • You will love this recipe because it so is flexible. You can use canned, frozen, or fresh green beans for this recipe.
  • Preparing the Thanksgiving meal may be a stressful experience. Fortunately, this side dish is simple to make and cook. While the green bean casserole bakes in the oven, you can make a Thanksgiving dessert.
  • No Thanksgiving meal is complete without this traditional side dish! Green Bean Casserole is a staple on pretty much every American’s table! Everyone anticipates this delectable accompaniment to the roasted turkey.

Equipment You’ll Need

  • Measuring spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Skillet
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 9×9 baking dish

Ingredients For Your Traditional Green Bean Casserole

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Milk
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Beans
  • Crispy Fried Onions
All the ingredients needed to make green bean casserole.

How to Make Green Bean Casserole With Cream Of Mushroom Soup

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, milk, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and cheese. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add ¾ cup of crispy fried onions and green beans to the mixture. Mix until well combined and transfer to a 9 x 9 baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until bubbling.
  5. Remove from oven and stir green bean mixture. Top with remaining crispy fried onions. Return to oven and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Serve while hot and enjoy!

Storage

Make-Ahead Storing:

This dish can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve. Keep the fried onions crisp by storing them separately in an airtight container. Top the casserole with fried onions once it is done baking.

Storing leftovers:

Store your leftover casseroles in an airtight container or Tupperware. The leftovers can last in the fridge for three to four days.

Tips

  • If you’re using fresh or frozen green beans, make sure they’re cooked first! Fresh green beans should be blanched until tender and frozen green beans should be steamed according to package directions.
  • If you want a more mushroom flavor into your casserole, sauté button mushrooms and add it to your casserole.
  • Using fresh onions and frying them yourself gives your casserole a more crispy texture. Soak your onions in buttermilk and then coat with crispy crumbs, herbs, and flour. Lastly, deep-fry your onions to a golden brown crisp.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Vegan Green Bean Casserole Are you vegan? Well, you can still enjoy this green bean casserole minus the animal products. Substitute coconut milk for the milk. Vegan cheese can be used in place of cheddar.
  • Mushroom Allergies If you are allergic to mushrooms or do not like them, you can substitute heavy cream for the cream of mushroom. You can replace the mushrooms with thinly sliced bell pepper.
  • Hate onions? You can substitute baked fried onions 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs before for added crunch. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the casserole before baking it.

What To Serve With Your Homemade Green Bean Casserole

If you are making this recipe to accompany your Thanksgiving meal you’ll want to serve it alongside sweet potato casserole, glazed carrots, scalloped potatoes, garlic knots, and turkey with homemade cranberry sauce
For your dessert table go all out with pumpkin cheesecake filled cupcakes, apple cinnamon strudel, and chocolate lasagna!

String bean casserole on a white plate.

Traditional Homemade Green Bean Casserole FAQs

How to avoid a runny or watery Green Bean casserole?

Green bean casserole should have a wonderful thick sauce that coats the green beans rather than resembling soup. To avoid a watery casserole, adding a thickener, such as flour or cornstarch, to your sauce will do the trick.

How do you keep the bottom of a casserole from burning?

Here are some ways to avoid the bottom of your casserole from burning:

  • Underneath the tray, use Parchment Paper.
  • Preheat Your Oven Correctly.
  • Once the crust has formed, remove it from the oven.
  • Reduce the oven temperature.
  • Use clear baking dishes to see the bottom of the casserole

How do you reheat a green bean casserole?

You can reheat using a microwave or an oven. Make sure to cover your casserole with foil if you are reheating using an oven.

Close up of green bean casserole in a white baking dish.

Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is THE traditional Thanksgiving side dish – It's the side that everyone is looking forward to digging into and would surely be missed if it wasn’t present. This classic casserole is made with a creamy mushroom sauce, green beans, cheddar cheese, and topped with crispy fried onions!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 167 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (10.5 Oz can) cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 (14.5 Oz cans) cut green beans (drained)
  • cups crispy fried onions (divided in half)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • In a large bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, milk, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and cheese. Mix until well combined.
  • Add ¾ cup of crispy fried onions and green beans to the mixture. Mix until well combined and transfer to a 9 x 9 baking dish.
  • Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until bubbling.
  • Remove from oven and stir green bean mixture. Top with remaining crispy fried onions. Return to oven and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve while hot and enjoy!

Notes

Tips
  • If you’re using fresh or frozen green beans, make sure they’re cooked first! Fresh green beans should be blanched until tender and frozen green beans should be steamed according to package directions.
  • If you want a more mushroom flavor into your casserole, sauté button mushrooms and add it to your casserole.
  • Using fresh onions and frying them yourself gives your casserole a more crispy texture. Soak your onions in buttermilk and then coat with crispy crumbs, herbs, and flour. Lastly, deep-fry your onions to a golden brown crisp.
*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 12gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 422mgPotassium: 386mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 550IUVitamin C: 6.7mgCalcium: 171mgIron: 0.7mg
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