Traditional Green Bean Casserole


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Classic Green Bean Casserole is delicious with crisp onions and tender green beans. A holiday favorite to enjoy on Thanksgiving or Christmas!

This casserole is one of those perennial favorites you find at everyone’s dinner table during the holidays. Follow along with our Green Bean Casserole recipe for a Thanksgiving side that’s crispy, creamy, and delicious!

Traditional Green Bean Casserole in a dish

Classic Green Bean Casserole

With the holiday season coming up, I’m certain plenty of folks are looking for tasty recipes to stock the dinner table with. There’s plenty of opportunities to try new things, but there’s nothing wrong with sticking with a classic, reliable dishes! Sweet potato casseroles, cranberry sauces- all recognizable dishes, but I know most folks are fans of Green Bean Casserole!

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From scratch green bean casserole on a spoon

This timeless holiday dish does everything right: crispy fried onion topping, creamy filling, and tender green beans. It all plays off each other very well which is why people come back to this recipe every Thanksgiving and Christmas! Follow along with our recipe here for an easy Green Bean Casserole that your guests are certain to love!

Text on image Traditional Green Bean Casserole

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  • Want some easy, low-stress cooking? Then fix up some Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole! This spin on the classic recipe lets a slow cooker do most of the work for you while also freeing up oven space.
  • Not a fan of this traditional casserole? Mix things up with some Cheesy Green Bean Casserole instead! This new take on the holiday classic loads up on cheesiness- with cheddar cheese soup and shredded cheese.
  • If you’re wanting something simpler, you can always make Garlic Roasted Green Beans! This easy side recipe is perfect all year round. All you need is some oil and spices to make green beans into a dish everyone will love!

Text on image Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Our Casserole Ingredients

  • Green Beans – We used fresh beans in ours, but you could also use frozen green beans as well! Canned green beans might even work too- it could make the cooking time a bit quicker.
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup – Campbell’s is the classic choice here.
  • Fried Onions – Can’t go wrong with French’s!
  • Milk

Ingredients for Green Bean Casserole

How to make Green Bean Casserole

If using fresh or frozen green beans, you’ll want to start this recipe by first prepping your beans. Wash them and remove any stems before boiling for 20-25 minutes. If you’re using canned beans, you can skip the boiling step.

Boiled green beans

Once you’ve boiled those, we can start making our casserole filling. In a mixing bowl, combine your drained green beans, cream of mushroom, and your milk.

Cream of Mushroom Soup and salt and pepper added to beans

Before we put this in our casserole dish, we’re going to mix some of our onions in. We’ll add about 3 ounces worth of our fried onions and stir them into the casserole filling.

Fried Onions added to green bean mixture

Now we bake! Put your casserole into a 350 degree oven and allow to cook for 30 minutes. If using canned green beans, you can cut that cook time in half.

Classic green bean casserole in a white baking dish

Once that initial cook time is through, we’re going to top our casserole with another 3 ounces worth of onions and let bake a bit longer. It should only take 5-10 minutes for those onions to get nice and crispy! Let cool for a few minutes before scooping out a serving and enjoying!

Spoon with Classic Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole

Can you make Green Bean Casserole ahead of time?

It’s fairly easy to make this casserole ahead of time. For that, first, mix up your casserole filling and add it to the casserole dish. Instead of immediately tossing it into the oven, you can instead wrap your casserole filling with plastic and keep in the fridge. Prep your filling the night before and when it’s almost time to eat, pull the casserole from the fridge and follow the recipe where you left off!

Plate of Campbells green bean casserole

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Traditional Green Bean Casserole

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Classic Green Bean Casserole is delicious with crisp onions and tender green beans. A holiday favorite to enjoy on Thanksgiving or Christmas!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Servings: 8


  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup or you can use, Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 lb Green Beans
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 6 oz French Fried Onions, divided


  • Heavily grease 9x9" baking dish. Set aside.
  • Wash green Bean and remove stems.
  • In a large pot boil green beans for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain.
  • In a medium sized bowl mix green beans, soup, milk and half of the fried onions.
  • Pour into a prepared dish.
  • Bake in 350 Oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and add remaining French Fried Onions.
  • Bake for an additional 10 minutes.


Calories: 155kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 185mg, Potassium: 130mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 404IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 1mg
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Long pin collage with text Traditional Green Bean Casserole Holiday Favorite

Long pin collage with text Traditional Green Bean Casserole Holiday Favorite

This post was originally posted on November 19th, 2013, and has been updated with new tips and images.

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  1. I like to add a couple of shakes of Worcestershire sauce to the recipe to give it a little extra flavor.

  2. This is how i usually make it and its so good! Never made it ahead of time, this year im having a lot more people than usual so im trying to plan ahead. How early can you make ahead of time? And should you leave out the French’s fried onions? Thanks!

    1. 4 stars
      I just made this, and one batch didn’t make enough for Thanksgiving, so I recommend doubling this, especially if you are making it for a crowd.