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This delicious Green Bean Casserole Recipe is sure to be a hit. From the crispy topping to the creamy sauce, this side dish is perfect for family dinner, holidays and more.

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My family loves when I make traditional green bean casserole. It is one of those classic and easy side dish recipes and classic American Recipes that they expect to see on the table during the holidays for an easy Thanksgiving recipe. Plus, it is simple enough to make all year long.

We also make this easy crock pot green bean casserole recipe if you prefer a slow cooker cooker version. You may also love Chicken Green Bean Casserole, Green Bean Casserole with Bacon and Cheese or Green Been Bacon Casserole.

Why Make this Easy Side Dish:

This green bean casserole is one of my favorite Thanksgiving Recipes. It has amazing flavor and the crispy texture topping makes it a must every holiday.

The ingredients are simple which makes it budget friendly classic recipe and a freezer meal recipes.

Ingredients:

Close up image of ingredients needed for green bean casserole - green beans, french fried onions, milk, cream of mushroom soup and salt and pepper.
  • Frozen Green Beans
  • French Fried Onions
  • Milk
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Salt and Pepper

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Substitutions and Additions:

  • Green Beans – You can use fresh green beans or frozen green beans. We have even used canned green beans for an easy substitute.
  • Crispy Topping – This is essential to this recipe. We love the way it just makes this recipe come together. You can also use Panko Breadcrumbs or choose a gluten-free option.
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup – We love adding in cream of mushroom soup. You can try homemade cream of mushroom soup or our Green Bean Casserole with Cream of Chicken.
  • Add Cheese – You can also add a cup shredded cheddar cheese to the casserole recipe. Cheese lovers go crazy over this and love when cheese is added to the green bean mixture.

How to Make Green Bean Casserole:

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Step 2 – In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup, ⅓ cup milk, salt and black pepper.
  • Step 3 – Stir in the cooked green beans and half of the french fried onions.
  • Step 4 – –Pour this mixture in a baking dish.
  • Step 5 – Bake for about 40 minutes, stir the mixture and then top with the remaining crispy fried onions. Cooking time could vary.
Close up image of green bean casserole in process with the french fried onions being placed on top.
  • Step 6 – Bake for 10 more minutes until hot and bubbling.
  • Step 7 – Serve and enjoy. It will smell amazing topped with parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes:

  • Choosing Green Beans – If you prefer softer green beans, use 3 cans of green beans drained instead of the frozen ones. 
  • Bake Uncovered – There is no need to cover the casserole when baking. You love the way it taste with the crispy topping.
Close up image of green bean casserole with a serving spoon.

How to Prepare Ahead of Time:

This easy side dish is great to prepared ahead of time. You can prepare it as early as 48 hours from when you are ready to serve it. Combine ingredients as indicated but leave out the French fried onions so they do not get soggy.

Once you are ready to bake it, remove the dish from the fridge about 30 minutes beforehand. Then sprinkle the French fried onions on top and bake.

Close up image of green bean casserole.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What to Serve with this Casserole?

This recipe is delicious served with Roast Turkey or Crock Pot Spiral Ham. This is a classic dish to serve for the holidays, but we love it so much that we have made it year round.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.  

How to Reheat Casserole:

If you have a small serving, you can reheat in the microwave. Slowly reheat in 30 second intervals so you don’t overcook the green beans.
You can also place the leftovers in a casserole dish and reheat in the oven. Preheat the over to 350 degrees and heat for about 10 minutes.

More Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes:

If you make this classic green bean casserole, make sure to leave us a comment. We love hearing from you.

Green bean casserole recipe

4.99 from 821 votes
This delicious Green bean casserole recipe is sure to be a hit. From the crispy topping to the creamy sauce, this side dish is perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 312

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the green beans and half of the french fried onions.
  • Pour this mixture in a casserole dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stir the mixture and then top with the remaining french fried onions.
  • Bake for 10 more minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you prefer softer green beans, use 3 cans of green beans instead of the frozen ones. You can also use fresh green beans instead. Yummy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 312kcal, Carbohydrates 28g, Protein 9g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 8g, Cholesterol 9mg, Sodium 1451mg, Potassium 445mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 815IU, Vitamin C 14mg, Calcium 71mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    So glad your family loves it.

  2. Ann says:

    5 stars
    This is an easy and delicious recipe. I used frozen cut green beans and steamed them stovetop for 5 minutes. Used to make this many years ago for Thanksgiving and added it back this year. My family wants it every year now!

  3. Carrie Barnard says:

    The cooking time will remain the same.

  4. Bert Macklin says:

    How does cooking time change if I use fresh green beans opposed to frozen?

  5. Carrie Barnard says:

    No you do not have to cook them first.

  6. Antonia says:

    If you are using frozen green beans do you cook them first?

  7. Debbie Stracener says:

    Just trying to find something different , seems I cook the same thing the same way every way . So I’m hoping for a different taste but still good !

  8. Nichole Bertholomey says:

    5 stars
    This is a very simple recipe.

  9. Sharon Seiber says:

    5 stars
    I Hate to tell you how long I have been making some form of gbc, but probably longer than you have been born. Always a favorite for my family. I loved the simplicity of this recipe. I added the cup of sharp cheddar you advised and a dash of good soy. We enjoyed it immensely!

  10. Brittany says:

    5 stars
    This is a favorite of mine and my husband!

  11. Doug says:

    5 stars
    I did use the canned green beans. Maybe a holiday favorite now.

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