This French’s green bean casserole recipe makes the perfect Southern side dish. It features a deliciously rich creamy sauce, crunchy fresh green beans, and French’s crispy fried onions on top.
There are many great Southern side dishes, like cornbread, mac and cheese, fried okra, and turnip greens. But I’m a big fan of Frenchs green bean casserole. This is a family favorite and thankfully, it doesn’t take long to make. All you have to do is boil the green beans, make the sauce, combine the ingredients, and bake it quickly in the oven. In about 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious side dish.
No one will be able to resist the casserole’s rich and creamy mushroom sauce, combined with the crunchy fried onions and tender green beans. While this is a classic holiday side dish that goes perfectly with turkey breast or baked ham for , I like to make it year-round.
Many green bean casserole recipes opt to just use cream of mushroom soup, but I love going that extra step and using fresh mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and vegetable broth to create a delicious homemade cream sauce. Trust me, once you try this easy green bean casserole recipe, you won’t use a can of mushroom soup again!
- 1 pound green beans (rinsed, trimmed, and cut in half)
- Salt and black pepper
- Butter or olive oil
- Medium shallot (minced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- Finely chopped mushrooms (I used button)
- All-purpose flour
- Vegetable broth
- Unsweetened almond milk or regular milk
- French’s French fried onions
How To Make French’s Green Bean Casserole
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Add cut green beans and cook for 5 minutes.
Drain and place in an ice-water bath to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.
Making the Sauce
Slowly add in veggie stock, whisking to incorporate.
Toss to coat well and top with remaining French fried onion bits (about 1 cup).
Bake for 15 minutes, or until warmed through, bubbly, and slightly browned on top. Serve immediately in a beautiful casserole dish.
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Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Simply reheat in the microwave before serving.
- If you have a big crowd to feed, it’s easy to double this recipe and bake it in a 9×13-inch baking dish instead. You’ll just have to increase the cooking time by about 10 minutes.
- If you’re team cheese, add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese when you stir in the green beans.
What type of green beans do I use in this classic casserole?
You can make this French’s green bean casserole recipe with canned green beans, fresh green beans, or even frozen green beans. Once thawed, follow instructions as above. If you opt to make a classic green bean casserole with canned green beans, you won’t have to boil them. Just drain the can and set them aside while you make the sauce. Canned green beans will have a softer texture compared to fresh green beans, which some people prefer.
Can I make this casserole ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the dish 24 hours in advance. Just wrap the unbaked casserole without the fried onions in foil and place it in the fridge. Stir the crispy fried onions in just before you pop the baking dish in the oven. It might need an extra 5 minutes of baking time.
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- 1 lb green beans
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
- 1 medium shallot minced
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms (I use buttons)
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or any milk you would like
- 1 1/2 cups crispy onions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt the green beans. Add green beans and cook for 5 minutes, then drain, place in an ice-water bath, and set aside.1 lb green beans
- In a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat, add butter or olive oil, shallots, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 3-4 minutes more or until lightly browned.salt and pepper, 2 tbsp butter or olive oil, 1 medium shallot, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms (I use buttons)
- Sprinkle in flour and whisk to stir and coat the veggies. Cook for 1 minute, then slowly add in veggie stock, whisking together. Add milk of your choice next and whisk to stir again. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low to thicken. Cook for 5-7 minutes more, or until thick and bubbly. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.2 tbsp all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup vegetable broth, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Remove from heat and add 1/3 (i.e 1/2 cup) of the fried onions. Toss to coat well, and top with remaining onions (1 cup). Bake for 15 minutes, or until warmed through, bubbly, and slightly browned on top. Serve right away.1 1/2 cups crispy onions
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I am not a fan of “old style, traditional” green bean casseroles. However this recipe using fresh ingredients looks very tasty indeed. This is the recipe I would use for a modern green bean casserole!
I have never had green bean casserole made with fresh green beans but will sure try it. I thought it was good with canned beans. Thanks for all you do!
Green Bean Casserole…grew up with this on every holiday table didn’t matter if it was Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years it was always made for special holidays. I don’t make it quite as often as my mom and grandma did but did use their original green bean casserole recipe this year for Christmas. This recipe is quite different and will have to give it a try. I have never made mine with fresh green beans, always use can French cut. Grow beans in the summer and will use some of our fresh beans later next summer to give this recipe a try.
I have loved this recipe since I was a grade schooler! I can’t always get fresh green beans, but the frozen beans work just as well and taste nicer than the canned variety. I always add some sliced fresh mushrooms, even when I “cheat” and use canned soup! When I am talking about green bean casserole with friends andsomeone says they don’t like it, I just smile sweetly and say, “Well, that’s more for me!” (And I mean it! LOL)
Favorite dish for my family – and not just at Thanksgiving! Like that it doesn’t call for canned mushroom soup.
Love Green Bean Casserole your recipe sounds good will have to try