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Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Upgrade on the Classic

Updated on November 14, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

Homemade Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

This homemade green bean casserole recipe is so incredible you'll be a convert. It doesn't take all that much more effort than using frozen or canned products, just a bit of time and a little attention. You'll be a rock star in the kitchen!
This homemade green bean casserole recipe is so incredible you'll be a convert. It doesn't take all that much more effort than using frozen or canned products, just a bit of time and a little attention. You'll be a rock star in the kitchen!

 My mother didn't make green bean casserole. There - that skeleton is finally out of the closet.

I never had this stuff until I was at least college age, and possibly older, so it wasn't part of the set of memories or beloved dishes that appeared on our holiday tables. I honestly can't remember exactly where I was when I first encountered it, but I do have to say I wasn't enamoured. The onions on top were ok, but tasted artifical (I think the canned ones might be), and while creamy mushroom sauce is usually terrific on anything, the beans had been frozen and the texure was just not lovely.

A few years ago I started experimenting with recipes that typically used canned or prepackaged ingredients, among them the cream of mushroom soup that really is rather indispensible in so many casseroles. I came up with a way to make a really quick and easy mushroom sauce that I started throwing in all kinds of dishes. It just tastes better. Don't get me wrong - I keep the canned soup in my own pantry. But if I have fresh mushrooms, and I usually do, than I much prefer making the quick sauce than popping the top on the canned stuff. And fresh vegetable are always better than frozen or canned ones. The result for this casserole is so much better tasting - so much creamier and satisfying, that the few extra steps are well worth it. Give this version a try - I'm pretty confident you'll decide this one is the new comfort food you want on your table!

 

Homemade Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Ingredients

Homemade Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Ingredients

One Recipe Crispy Homemade Onion Rings

For the Casserole:

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, washed, trimmed and blanched
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, button, crimini or shiitake, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic (roasted garlic is fabulous if you have it), minced
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half

Homemade Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Directions

Homemade Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F°.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the mushrooms, kosher salt, black pepper and thyme sprigs.
  3. Saute mushrooms about ten minutes, or until fragrant and the mushrooms release their juices.
  4. Sprinkle mushrooms with flour and stir well to incorporate. Stir in chicken broth and half and half. Bring up to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook about five minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
  5. Add blanched green beans, and toss to combine. Transfer mixture to a casserole dish, and sprinkle top with crispy onion rings.
  6. Bake about 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly throughout. Let casserole rest five minutes, then serve hot.

Fresh Green Beans - Blanched and Ready

Fresh green beans are wonderful, and you can use whatever size you like. I left them whole in mine, but if you'd like, break them into smaller pieces, or cut them into bite sized lengths.
Fresh green beans are wonderful, and you can use whatever size you like. I left them whole in mine, but if you'd like, break them into smaller pieces, or cut them into bite sized lengths.

Pick Your Mushrooms

Any number of mushrooms work - choose what you like best. Button mushrooms are usually least expensive, but baby bellas or crimini mushrooms are fabulous for their richer flavor.
Any number of mushrooms work - choose what you like best. Button mushrooms are usually least expensive, but baby bellas or crimini mushrooms are fabulous for their richer flavor.

Saute the Mushrooms Until they Release Their Liquid

Saute the mushrooms with the salt, pepper, and thyme until they release their liquid. The thyme becomes beautifully fragrant.
Saute the mushrooms with the salt, pepper, and thyme until they release their liquid. The thyme becomes beautifully fragrant.

Sprinkle in Flour

Once the mushrooms release their liquid, sprinkle in the flour. Stir it well, until fully incorporated. Stir in the chicken broth and half and half.
Once the mushrooms release their liquid, sprinkle in the flour. Stir it well, until fully incorporated. Stir in the chicken broth and half and half.

Bring the Mixture Up to a Simmer

Bring the sauce up to a simmer, and let it simmer about five minutes, or until thickened.
Bring the sauce up to a simmer, and let it simmer about five minutes, or until thickened.

Add Green Beans

Add the green beans to the sauce and toss to combine. Transfer the whole thing to a casserole dish. Top with crispy onion rings and place in the preheated 350F oven.
Add the green beans to the sauce and toss to combine. Transfer the whole thing to a casserole dish. Top with crispy onion rings and place in the preheated 350F oven.

Bake Until Bubbly

Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly throughout.
Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly throughout.

Perfect Homemade Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

Once you've tried the scratch version, you'll  never want to use any other recipe for green bean casserole. This dish is transformed into luscious, creamy, homemade fabulous!
Once you've tried the scratch version, you'll never want to use any other recipe for green bean casserole. This dish is transformed into luscious, creamy, homemade fabulous!

How to Make Homemade Crispy Onion Rings

See How to Blanch the Green Beans - Super Easy

How to Make Roasted Garlic

© 2011 Jan Charles

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