Green Bean Casserole

One of my favorite Thanksgiving sides is green bean casserole. So when Ashlee asked me to participate in a collaborative Thanksgiving meal with her and a couple other bloggers (JessecaLindsay and Yvonne), I knew that one of the dishes I needed to make was green bean casserole. (Stay tuned for the all the recipes coming together on Friday!)

Semi homemade green bean casserole - no cream of mushroom soup! This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes of all!

I have made green bean casserole before. In fact I made it two Thanksgiving’s ago and shared the recipe here (pardon the horrible pictures). But I made it with cans of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. And I tried to make it a little more from scratch this time and a little more homemade.

Semi homemade green bean casserole - no cream of mushroom soup!

So I made my own “cream of mushroom soup” which is brave for me, since I kind of hate mushrooms (yet I love this casserole – strange). But I still went with canned green beans and store bought onion straws because homemade cream of mushroom is about as from scratch (or as much time) as I wanted to take for this recipe.

Green Bean Casserole

And it turned out delicious! I may use a few less mushrooms next time, because despite how small I cut them there were still a lot, but, if you like mushrooms then you’ll like how many this has, and if you don’t you can cut the amount back a little bit too.

This recipe is partially adapted from Alton Brown’s Best Ever Green Bean Casserole on Food Network


Green Bean Casserole
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 8-12 ounces mushrooms, cut into ¼ inch pieces (I’ll do 8 oz next time)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ TBS garlic
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 TBS flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 cans green beans
  • 2 cups french onions
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add in your chopped mushroom pieces, salt and pepper and cook until the mushrooms begin to emit liquid, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and nutmeg and cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the flour and stir it into the mixture. Cook for about 1 minutes.
  5. Add the water and chicken bouillon and cook for another minutes.
  6. Lower the temperature to medium low and add the half and half. Cook for a about 6 minutes until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the green beans and ¼ of the french onions.
  8. Pour into a 9×9 serving dish.
  9. Refrigerate until day of serving (for a few days) or bake now.
  10. Bake in oven preheated to 450 degrees for about 10 minutes.
  11. Top with additional french onion straws and bake for another 5 minutes or until onions start to brown.

Enjoy this as a side dish to your Thanksgiving feast or with any meal.

Green Bean Casserole



  1. I made this recipe for Thanksgiving. Probably the best green bean casserole I have ever had. Everyone loved it. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Thank you Randy! I’m so glad you liked it!!

  2. Green been casserole is one of my guilty pleasures. I never make it myself (because hello, I can’t even bring myself to buy those ingredients, let alone feed them to my children), but I always partake liberally at potlucks.

    I might be able to bring myself to overlook the canned green beans and french onions with this recipe, though.

    1. I just saw your comment! I bet you could use fresh green beans too!! ;)

  3. Ive never really been a fan of green bean casserole BUT I love that this is made without the canned condensed soup. Those condensed soups have a lot of yucky ingredients that I try to avoid. So if I AM going to make green bean casserole, this would definitely be the recipe that I would try! Thanks for sharing!

  4. OK just one question. As good as this is, it isn’t really one of your favorite things from Thanksgiving is it? There are so many good things. Cranberry sauce and stuffing are right up there for me with real mashed potatoes.

    1. You’re eight, there are wayy too many good things at Thanksgiving dinner I dont know if I could pick a favorite. But, I can’t imagine a thanksgiving dinner without these! (I could skip the cranberry)

  5. My husband loved it! and he’s not a fan of the cream of blah blah versions, so it was great!

    1. Ashlee, that is wonderful. Thanks for telling me, I’m so glad he liked it!

  6. I don’t really like green beans or mushrooms but this looks really good! I bet I’d like it. :)

  7. I love a good green bean casserole! One of the only veggies I’d eat as a kid

    1. Me too Marissa! I’ve always loved green beans!

  8. One word: YUM. Green bean casserole is one of Husband’s most FAVORITE dishes. Due to my milk allergy, I cannot use cream of / condensed soups so I always make a creamy base with Silk soymilk or creamer (whatever I have on hand, more or less flour to thicken). It tastes delicious, is definitely homemade, and who can say “no” to fried onions?!?! You hit this out of the park, now I want GBC at 9:00am. =)

    1. Thanks Nicole. Food allergies always make cooking a little bit harder, huh? But I’m glad you found a work around. And you’re pregnant, so of course you can have green bean casserole for breakfast. Now to just find someone to make it for you :)

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