Green Bean Casserole is a popular side dish at every holiday meal! The beans are coated in a creamy sauce and topped with French-fried onions.
We grew up having a classic green bean casserole at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners. It’s my daughter’s favorite side dish, and I wanted to share how we make it.
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Green Bean Casserole Ingredients
The ingredients needed for our green bean casserole recipe are similar to the classic recipe, but we’ve tweaked it a little to make it the way we prefer it. Be sure to check the recipe card for a printable recipe card with ingredient measurements.
- Condensed Soup: We like using condensed cream of celery soup or cream of chicken soup instead of the classic cream of mushroom. You can choose your favorite or make a homemade sauce, as I did in this creamy veggie casserole recipe.
- Whole Milk: The milk dilutes the cream soup and adds moisture to the sauce.
- Worcestershire Sauce: We’ve found that adding a little Worcestershire sauce adds some umami flavor.
- Onion Powder: This recipe calls for onion powder in addition to French-fried onions. You can substitute the onion powder with dried minced onions or sauteed minced onions.
- Garlic Powder: The garlic powder adds additional flavor. You can add minced garlic if you prefer.
- Black Pepper: We used coarse ground black pepper to add to the flavor.
- Green Beans: This recipe uses three cans of drained green beans. If you want to use fresh green beans, you’ll need to cook the green beans before making the casserole.
- French Fried Onions: There are French fried onions in the casserole and on top!
How To Make Green Bean Casserole
This is one of the easiest side dishes to make! Mix up the creamy sauce, add the green beans, and bake the casserole.
Creamy Sauce: To make the sauce, stir together the cream of celery soup, whole milk, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
Green Beans: Drain the green beans and add them to the creamy sauce along with one cup of French-fried onions. Stir until the beans and onions are coated.
Baking: Bake the green bean casserole until hot and bubbly.
Topping: Top with the remaining French fried onions and return to the oven for a few minutes until they are lightly browned.
Tired of making the same dish every year? Here are a few ways to make it your own:
- Cheese: You can add shredded cheese to the creamy sauce for a cheesy version! Try shredded cheddar, parmesan, or pepper jack cheese.
- Veggies: Add other cooked veggies to give the dish more flavor and color. Try carrots, peppers, cauliflower, or broccoli.
- Toppings: Try sprinkling the top with shredded cheese, crushed Ritz crackers and butter (see my recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole), breadcrumbs, or stuffing.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few reasons it could be runny. You might not have drained the green beans well, or you added too much milk.
You can prep green bean casserole ahead of time, but for the best results, wait to stir in the French-fried onions until right before baking.
We serve it at holiday dinners alongside turkey or ham. It could also be served with chicken, pork, or roast beef.
More Side Dish Recipes
- Corn Casserole is a creamy, cheesy version of cornbread!
- Scalloped Potatoes are thinly sliced potatoes in a creamy white sauce.
- Homemade Dressing is so much better than the boxed version!
- Mashed Potatoes are always a popular choice.
Green Bean Casserole
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl, mix together the cream of celery soup, milk, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
- Drain the cans of green beans and add them to the soup mixture along with 1 cup of the french fried onions. Gently stir to coat. Spread the mixture in a greased 2-quart casserole dish.
- Bake at 350˚F for 30-35 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
- Top with the remaining ¾ cup of french fried onions. Return to the oven for an additional 5-7 minutes.
- Cheese: Try adding one cup of shredded cheddar, parmesan, or pepper jack cheese.
- Veggies: Remove some of the beans and replace them with an equal amount of carrots, peppers, cauliflower, or broccoli.
- Toppings: Try sprinkling the top with shredded cheese, crushed Ritz crackers, breadcrumbs, or stuffing.