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Green Bean Casserole Recipe – Creamy, flavorful and delicious Green Bean Casserole prepared with a rich mushroom gravy and made completely from scratch.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Creamy, flavorful and delicious Green Bean Casserole prepared with a rich mushroom gravy and made completely from scratch.

Creamy sauce tossed with green beans and mushrooms and topped with homemade french-fried onions – the classic green bean casserole gets an amazing update! Please, dig in!

This easy side dish is a staple for Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s also just as perfect to be enjoyed year round.

Green Bean Casserole is definitely one of my favorite dishes to also bring to get-togethers or family dinners. This includes my Lightened-Up Creamy Green Bean Casserole. It is easy to make at home and bring with you wherever you go because, it can be made ahead of time and baked just before serving.

Major plus? This recipe can be made weeks ahead of time and frozen. Sans the onions.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Creamy, flavorful and delicious Green Bean Casserole prepared with a rich mushroom gravy and made completely from scratch.

This particular recipe made me realize how much more delicious this classic can taste when made with fresh green beans, fresh mushrooms, and a delicious homemade sauce. I also like making my own French “Fried” Onions, but I admit, the store-bought ones are damn good. Like, SO darrrn good.

To add, this recipe also uses frozen green beans. Hey. If there’s a step to skip without sacrificing flavors and texture, I’m there! Canned green beans are on my heck-to-the-no list, fresh green beans take too long to trim, thus frozen green beans are my veg of choice. Moreover, they are already cooked. Your job is to just set them on the counter to thaw.

HOW TO MAKE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

  • Thaw green beans and drain.
  • We will then begin with sautéing the onions and mushrooms for 10 minutes.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Creamy, flavorful and delicious Green Bean Casserole prepared with a rich mushroom gravy and made completely from scratch.

  • A mixture of broth and half & half will be added and cooked until thickened.
  • At this point, we will stir in the green beans and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the green beans are tender.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Creamy, flavorful and delicious Green Bean Casserole prepared with a rich mushroom gravy and made completely from scratch.

  • If serving right away, you will want to prepare the French Fried Onions. You can also use the store-bought kind. If you are preparing the green bean casserole for later use, do not add the onion topping until ready to bake.
  • Once the green beans are cooked, you can transfer it all to a 4-quart baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 375F, or until bubbly.
  • Add the prepared onions on top and continue to bake for 5 more minutes, or until onions are browned on top.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Creamy, flavorful and delicious Green Bean Casserole prepared with a rich mushroom gravy and made completely from scratch.

HOW TO MAKE AHEAD GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

  • Assemble the casserole without the onion topping; let completely cool. Wrap with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator while the oven preheats. Bake as directed.

HOW TO FREEZE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

  • Assemble the casserole without the onion topping; let completely cool. Wrap with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for 2 weeks to 1 month.
  • Take out of the freezer the night before and thaw out in the fridge.
  • The next day, bring the casserole to room temperature and continue as directed.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Creamy, flavorful and delicious Green Bean Casserole prepared with a rich mushroom gravy and made completely from scratch.

If you’re looking for a great green bean casserole recipe, look no further. This version results in a creamy casserole with plenty of texture and crunchy topping. Make this easy green bean casserole even easier by pulling it together weeks ahead of time, then pop it into the oven before the big meal.

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5 from 9 votes
Easy Green Bean Casserole Recipe | Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Creamy, flavorful and delicious Green Bean Casserole prepared with a rich mushroom gravy and made completely from scratch.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green bean casserole, green beans, holiday side dish, mushrooms, side dish recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 171 kcal
Ingredients
FOR THE CASSEROLE
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth, (you can also use chicken broth)
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen green beans, thawed and drained
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and cook for 4 minutes, or until softened.
  4. Stir in garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper, and stir in thyme sprigs; sauté for 8 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated.
  6. Sprinkle with flour; cook and stir for 1 minute.
  7. In a mixing bowl, whisk together broth, half and half, and nutmeg.
  8. Add the half and half mixture to the skillet; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  9. Add green beans to the mushroom sauce and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until green beans are tender.
  10. Transfer everything to a 4-quart baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bubbly.
  11. Add fried onions on top and continue to bake for 5 more minutes, or until browned on top.

  12. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  13. Serve.
Recipe Notes

HOW TO MAKE AHEAD GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

  • Assemble the casserole without the onion topping; let completely cool. Wrap with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator while the oven preheats. Bake as directed.
 

HOW TO FREEZE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

  • Assemble the casserole without the onion topping; let completely cool. Wrap with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for 2 weeks to 1 month.
  • Take out of the freezer the night before and thaw out in the fridge.
  • The next day, bring the casserole to room temperature and continue as directed.

 

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 5

Reduce your WW Freestyle points down to 3 points by leaving out the French's fried onions.

Nutrition Facts
Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 425mg 18%
Potassium 480mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 23.1%
Vitamin C 19.8%
Calcium 7.7%
Iron 8.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 Responses
  1. Jennifer Lehner

    YUM! I love green bean casserole and this looks and sounds so delicious! I can’t wait to make it for Thanksgiving…or even dinner this weekend!

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