The Classic Green Bean Casserole is a holiday side dish that has the creamy and crunchy texture that everyone loves. You can even make it ahead of time, so all you have to do on Thanksgiving Day is pop it in the oven.
Green bean casserole is an American classic. It’s the perfect side dish to complete your holiday dinner. This recipe has been passed down through the generations and is sure to be a hit with your family too.
It isn’t Thanksgiving dinner without a pan of French’s green bean casserole! Am I right?
Why We Love this Holiday Side Dish
We have made and eaten this easy side dish for every Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. This classic green bean casserole is one that both our families grew up eating, and we continued that tradition after getting married.
I can’t imagine any holiday dinner without these green beans or this easy jiffy corn casserole. Everyone has their must have recipes that they make every year because of the memories.
You can make this old fashioned green bean casserole in just 5 minutes or even the day before. I’m all about prepping as many dishes ahead of time, so I do not have to spend all day in the kitchen.
This easy green bean casserole is the perfect addition to your holiday table. The easy version is made with canned green beans, which are easy and convenient.
- Cut Green Beans – We always use canned green beans for this recipe, but you can use 4 cups of fresh green beans or thawed frozen green beans as well. There are options in the recipe card for all three choices.
- Cream of Mushroom Soup – The creamy soup is what gives green bean casserole recipe its creamy texture and taste. Don’t like mushrooms? Use any other cream soup.
- Milk – Thins the soup a little bit.
- Crispy Fried Onions – Adds a nice crunchy texture inside and on top of the casserole.
How to make Green Bean Casserole
You won’t believe how simple this classic green bean casserole recipe is to make. Simply open the cans of green beans, stir in the other ingredients, then pop it in the oven, and voila! A delicious side dish in minutes!
Serve it alongside turkey or ham for a delicious holiday meal experience.
- Whisk together the cream of mushroom soup, milk, soy sauce, and pepper in a large bowl.
- Add the drained green beans and some of the french fried onions.
- Spoon the green bean mixture into a greased dish and bake 25 minute or until hot and bubbly.
- Remove the pan and sprinkle the remaining onions on top of the hot casserole.
- Bake for 5-10 more minutes to toast the onions. Serve immediately.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- Don’t want to dirty extra dishes? Mix everything together in the same dish that you are going to bake it in.
- Serving a crowd? Double the recipe and bake it in a 9×13 dish. Make sure it is heated all the way through before serving.
- This casserole can be made ahead of time. Just make sure to add the onions right before baking, so they do not get soggy. Cover the dish tightly and place in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. Bake as directed adding an additional 10 minutes.
- Want a cheesy green bean casserole? Add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the soup mixture.
- You can also add chopped bacon to the casserole if you want to change it up.
- Want extra mushrooms? Add your favorite white or portobellos to add some extra jazz!
Once dinner is over, cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 days. I don’t recommend keeping it for much longer because it does start to get runny. The fried onions will also get soggy so this dish is best right out of the oven.
More Holiday Side Dishes
- Homemade Hash Brown Casserole
- Stuffing Muffins
- Easy Sweet Potato Souffle
- Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese
- Orange Fluff
- Cranberry Zucchini Slaw
- Deviled Eggs with pickles
- Pistachio Fluff
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- 1 - 10 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 cup milk
- pinch of pepper
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 - 14.5 ounce cans green beans, drained* (4 cups)
- 1 1/3 cups french fried onions, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk together soup, milk, soy sauce, and pepper.
- Stir soup mixture, green beans, and 2/3 cup onions in a bowl.
- Spoon into a greased 8x8 pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Sprinkle with the remaining onions and bake 5 more minutes.
- Use 16-20 ounces of frozen green beans that have been thawed.
- Blanch 1 1/2 pounds of fresh green beans and use in place of the canned beans.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 402mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.