Green Bean Casserole – my favorite holiday side dish is this green bean casserole from scratch! No canned soup and absolutely delicious!
The holidays are such a great time of year. Not only do you get to spend time with family and friends, but you get to eat all kinds of delicious food. Plus so many traditions and making memories. Every year the day after thanksgiving we make a big batch of Chex Party Mix that lasts us all through the holidays.
Plus you have the centerpiece of the show the Roasted Turkey with has a glorious crispy skin and is moist and delicious. But I have to say my favorite part of the holiday meals just might be the green bean casserole.
I didn’t grow up with green bean casserole in our house. I think my mom may have made it once, and no one was a fan. Then I met my husband and started going to his holiday dinners. His mom made this green bean casserole without mushroom soup that I absolutely loved. And to this day it is a staple every year!
Green bean casserole from scratch is really easy to make, it takes only a couple minutes longer than using a can of condensed soup. And in my opinion makes it a thousand times better!
Green Bean Casserole Ingredients
Pretty basic ingredients, but the white sauce makes them so good!
- Green Beans (fresh, frozen or canned all work)
- Crispy Onions
- Salt and Pepper
How to Make Green Bean Casserole
- Start by melting your butter in a skillet. Once it is completely melted add in the flour and mix until you don’t see any white bits of flour.
- Cook the flour mixture for a couple minutes. Stir it often because you don’t want it to burn, but you do want to make sure you don’t have any raw flour taste in your sauce.
- Whisk in the milk and stir until it is nice and smooth. It will thicken as it cooks.
- Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. The nutmeg just gives the sauce that something special taste.
- Add in your green beans and mix them around until everything is well covered.
- Put the green bean mixture into a casserole dish and bake until they the sauce is bubbly and everything is cooked.
- Top with the crispy onions and broil for a couple minutes until they are golden.
This is a great make ahead green bean casserole. You can just stop before you put the beans in the oven. Refrigerate them until you are ready to cook them, and then continue with the recipe. We often assemble them in the morning and then bake them for dinner on busy holidays.
More Holiday Favorites
- Scalloped Potatoes – so creamy and perfect
- Corn Casserole – a hit at every get together
- Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole – cheese, bacon, and potatoes!
- Grasshopper Pie – Christmas dessert every year
- Slow Cooker Cream Corn – ditch the can, this is so much better
- Thanksgiving Stuffing – the holidays aren’t the same without it!
- Red Wine Spritzer – a great cocktail for any party
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – hands off and absolutely delicious
- Reese’s Fudge – a must for the holidays
Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole - a holiday favorite minus the canned soup!
- 2 Tbls butter
- 2 Tbls flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk, (I use skim)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans Del Monte green beans, drained and rinsed.
- 3/4 cup fried onions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray a 9 inch pie plate.
- In a skillet melt the butter over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a couple minutes, stirring constantly.
- Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Once it starts to thicken, add green beans and stir to coat.
- Pour into prepared pie plate. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Sprinkle with fried onions, and return to oven for 5 minutes; or until golden brown.
- Serve immediately.
You can sub frozen green beans
Amount Per Serving Calories 263Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 15mgSodium 538mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 7g
This post was sponsored by Del Monte through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Del Monte, all opinions are my own.
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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says
Ahh, the one side I always eat seconds and thirds of at Thanksgiving! Love it 🙂
Smith Bites says
The Professor’s grandma ALWAYS brought green bean casserole to our Thanksgiving celebrations; she’s been gone about 4 years now but someone else continues to carry on the tradition!
Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without green bean casserole! Love that you make your own sauce!
You have to have Green Bean Casserole at the holidays and it’s all the better without the canned soup mix! Yum!
I just want to pick the crispies right off the top! Is that wrong?
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Can’t imagine Thanksgiving without a good green bean casserole! This looks just perfect!
Love this! And I love that you didn’t use canned soup 🙂
I must be crazy because I have never tried green bean casserole. Maybe I’ll give it a try this Thanksgiving. You’re recipe looks fantastic!
Even my picky eaters loved this!! Great recipe!
Sara Welch says
This was such a great side dish! So easy, and packed with flavor! Looking forward to serving this again on Thanksgiving!
This is the best kind of green bean casserole! So easy to put together
This is always a must have dish especially during the holidays. Love those crispy onions on top!!
Green bean casserole is one of my absolute favorite dishes! Always a must have at our Thanksgiving table! Definitely need to try your recipe out!
Such a classic, I’m not sure it’s even possible to have Thanksgiving without it! 🙂
Katerina @ diethood .com says
A family favorite!! This looks incredibly delicious!!
Chrissie Baker says
This green bean casserole looks better than winning the lottery! This will be a great dish to make on Thanksgiving! It looks so amazing!!
jade manning says
What an awesome way to get in the extra 5 a day!