Classic Green Bean Casserole


Classic Green Bean Casserole side dish recipe made with fresh green beans that is a tradition in our household for all of the holidays, especially for Thanksgiving!

This is an old favorite in our family.  It’s a staple for the holidays!  You can also just make it for any meal as a quick and easy vegetable dish.  I did some change it up a little bit by adding less milk as I wanted a creamier result.  If you like it a little more “saucy” I would suggest adding 1 whole cup of milk.

I used fresh green beans in the casserole and it made all the difference in the world as far as flavor.  I steam the beans first, then mix them with the other ingredients.  You can also use canned french-style green beans or even frozen beans and it will still come out great.  I would recommend the green beans that are cut french style (sliced in thin strips).  French-style beans are more delicate in comparison to regular green beans that can be kind of tough and too rubbery sometimes.  I’m one of those weird texture freaks when it comes to vegetables in case this hasn’t already been established time and time (and time) again.  But it’s all a matter of opinion and to each his own!

I think that you will appreciate the ease of this simple, yet great Green Bean Casserole side dish whether it’s for a holiday or just when you’re having company over for dinner.  It’s nice to have something that doesn’t require a whole lot of effort when everything else in the kitchen is complete chaos from all the cooking.

Green Bean Casserole.  Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Classic Green Bean Casserole
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: American
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6-8
  • *half this if making for 2-4 people and don't want leftovers
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • dash of ground black pepper (about ⅛ teaspoon)
  • 8 cups cooked and cut green beans
  • 2⅔ cups French Fried Onions
  1. Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, beans and 1⅓ cups onions in 3-qt. casserole dish.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 min. or until hot. Stir.
  3. Top with remaining onions. Bake for 5 minutes more to get the onions nice and crispy.

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15 Responses to “Classic Green Bean Casserole”

  1. December 5, 2012 at 7:37 AM #

    classics like this are always a hit at the holidays! totally agree about the fresh green beans, too… the flavor and texture especially is SO much better. this looks great!

    • December 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM #

      Yes, fresh makes a big difference in this recipe!

  2. December 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM #

    Looks delicious! I never thought to add soy sauce to green bean casserole but I bet it adds a wonderful flavor.

    • December 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM #

      It does give it a very interesting flavor! In a good way!

  3. December 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM #

    Oh, I haven’t had a good green bean casserole in far too long! I totally need to get on that!

    • December 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM #

      Thanks for commenting, Carrian!

  4. December 5, 2012 at 8:33 PM #

    nothing beats a classic. 🙂 this is my boyfriends FAVORITE side dish ever – especially all those crunchy onions!

    • December 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM #

      The onions are the best part!

  5. December 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM #

    Mm, I grew up on this stuff! I was always the brat who picked off all of the crunchy fried onions and stole like, a cup out of the can while my mom was preparing it. They’re positively addicting, I tell you! This looks so delicious and comforting!

    • December 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM #

      I know! I eat them plain!

  6. December 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM #

    love this stuff so much 🙂

  7. December 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM #

    yum looks awesome! Love that you used fresh green beans too!

    • December 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM #

      Awww thanks Molly! Glad you stopped by 🙂

  8. Kellie
    August 28, 2013 at 12:48 AM #

    I haven’t used they soy in it before but depeding on the mood and for who I have used the mushroom soup that also has garlic and I always put in extra mushrooms too.

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