Classic Green Bean Casserole is a holiday staple that every family needs. Made with simple ingredients, easy to make, and on the table in no time. It doesn’t get any better!
If you ask me, it isn’t a holiday meal until the green bean casserole hits the table. And I know I’m not alone, right? I know you’ve probably seen dozens of variations of this recipe, but I think the “classic” version is the best.
I’m not exactly sure why people wait until the holidays to make this family favorite recipe. We should be putting this easy side dish in the regular meal rotation!
It’s an easy side dish that goes with just about any main course meat. But of course, the number one favorites in my house are ham and turkey.
In addition to tasting fantastic, I appreciate that I can make Classic Green Bean Casserole ahead of time. That’s particularly helpful when you’re making a big holiday meal. It’s also easy to double (and triple!) the recipe when you’re feeding a crowd.
I’m answering common questions & sharing tips to help you get the best results with this recipe. If you don’t need the tips, simply scroll to the bottom for the full recipe, including a printable recipe card.
If you love classic holiday recipes you’ll want to check out these 42 Delicious, Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes, and 40 Mouth-Watering Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes the Whole Family Will Love!
I know hosting holiday dinners can be expensive, especially if you have a large family. That’s why I put together this post on How To Host Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget. The holidays aren’t a lick of fun when you are stressed about the cost, but there are definitely ways to trim the budget and still have a fantastic time.
Ingredients for Classic Green Bean Casserole
Canned Green Beans
French Fried Onions – you can buy these are the grocery store
Cream of Mushroom Soup
How To Make Green Bean Casserole with Fresh Green Beans
If you are using fresh green beans you will need about 2 pounds, give or take. Start by boiling a pot of water. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, prep the green beans by trimming the ends, removing the strings (if needed), then cutting into bite size pieces.
Once your water starts to boil, add the green beans and cook for 5-8 minutes. Quickly drain and pat dry if needed.
Add the cooked beans to the soup mixture and follow the rest of the recipe instructions.
Can I Use Frozen Green Beans?
Yes! You’ll need about 16-18 ounces of frozen green beans. Simply allow the beans to thaw at room temperature, or microwave until thawed. Make sure to drain any liquid before adding to the soup. Follow the remaining instructions.
If you are using fresh or frozen green beans, you may want to add a little salt.
How To Make this Casserole Ahead of Time
You can make green bean casserole ahead of time, either the day before or earlier in the day. Follow all of the recipe instructions up to the point of baking. Store the casserole in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it. I recommend letting it sit out on the counter for about 30 minutes before you plan to bake. You may need to increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
Tips for Making
- You can substitute French style green beans.
- Recipe can be easily doubled – use a 13×9 baking dish and increase the cooking time 5-10 minutes.
When I said this recipe is a classic, I wasn’t joking! But some people may view classics in a different way. Here are some other popular add-ins you may want to try.
- Water chestnuts
- Cream of Chicken
- Slivered Almonds
Other Classic Side Dishes You Will Love:
- Slow Cooker Butternut Squash
- Favorite Pasta Salad
- Simple Southern Coleslaw
- Easy Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce
Classic Green Bean Casserole
- 2 cans (14.5 ounce each) cut green beans, drained
- 1 can (10.75 ounce) cream of mushroom soup
- ½ cup milk
- 1 can (6 ounce) french fried onions
- Cracked black pepper, couple of cranks
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine soup, milk & pepper until well combined. Add the drained beans.
- Stir in ½ cup fried onions.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
- Bake until bubbly, about 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with remaining fried onions.
- Bake for 5 minutes longer.
- Serve immediately.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
- Recipe can be easily doubled – cook in a 13×9 casserole dish and increase the bake time by 5-10 minutes.
- Substitute fresh green beans (about 1 1/2 pounds) or frozen, thawed green beans (about 16-18 ounces).
- Can be prepared ahead of time. Prepare up to baking and store in the refrigerator. Allow to set out for 30 minutes prior to baking. May require additional baking time.
- Nutritional information is provided as a reference only, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying this information independently.
Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.