Homemade Southern Green Bean Casserole Recipe

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Thanksgiving is a week away which means now is the time to start gathering those recipes and figuring out what dishes you’ll be cooking in the kitchen on the big day. Whether you are making a full blown Thanksgiving spread or just a few dishes to take over to a friends, Homemade Green Bean Casserole is one recipe that is sure to please a crowd. Nowadays it is all about the quick and easy for convenience sake but did you know that making green bean casserole from scratch is just as easy as using pre-packaged products. Let’s ditch the canned stuff this holiday season for real ingredients and get back to our roots of creating homemade recipes in the kitchen.

Homemade Southern Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Ditch the canned stuff for this delicious, completely from scratch green bean casserole recipe. Your classic green bean casserole recipe gets a makeover using fresh, real ingredients for an authentic homemade taste.

When it comes to making green bean casserole from scratch you may be surprised to learn that you can create cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions at home. Sure opening the seal on a can is going to be an easier and a time saving method when you need to make a meal fast but there is a specific taste and sense of pride when making it yourself that can not be purchased from a store. While store bought ingredients do have their time and place when looking for a quick cooking solution, with a little extra effort and a few more minutes in cooking time, you’ll be amazed at how easy making your favorite dishes from scratch can be.

5 from 7 votes
Homemade Southern Green Bean Casserole
Homemade Southern Green Bean Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Ditch the canned stuff for this delicious, completely from scratch green bean casserole recipe. Your classic green bean casserole recipe gets a makeover using fresh, real ingredients for an authentic homemade taste.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: http://thedomesticdiva.org
  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 9-10 white mushrooms sliced, stems removed (1 cup)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp himalayian salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 cans cut green beans, drained & rinsed (3 cups fresh green beans, cooked)
French Fried Onions
  • 1 small yellow onion halfed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Oil for frying
  1. First slice the mushrooms. Then to slice the onion. First peel the onion. Then cut the onion in half. Place the onion cut side down and cut each half of the onion into thin strips. Half the strips as one half will be used for inside the green bean casserole and the other half will be fried for a french fried onion crunchy topping.

  2. In a skillet, melt butter on medium-high heat.

  3. Add sliced mushrooms and half of the sliced onion. Cook until mushrooms begin to brown and onions are translucent in color.

  4. Sprinkle mushrooms with salt and pepper.

  5. Then in a measuring cup whisk together the milk, cornstarch, and soy sauce.

  6. Once combined, pour mixture into skillet with mushrooms.

  7. Stir well. Stir regularly until the mixture begins to thicken like a soup.

  8. Once thickened, turn off the heat and stir in the green beans until coated. Set aside.

How to make French Fried Onions
  1. Fill the bottom of a skillet with oil (vegetable, canola, or peanut) for frying your onions.

  2. In a bowl toss half of the sliced onions with flour until coated.

  3. Heat on medium-high. Once the oil is hot, add the floured, sliced onions. Cook until slightly brown in color. Do not brown the onions too much at this point as they will brown a bit more in the oven.

  4. Remove fried onions from skillet and allow to drain on paper towels. Set aside until ready to top your green bean casserole.

Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
  1. Preaheat oven to 450° F.

  2. In a greased baking dish, add the green bean mixture we made earlier.

  3. Bake the green in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the green bean casserole is bubbling.

  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle the top with the french fried onions we made earlier.

  5. Return back to the oven to bake for an additional 5 minutes or until onions have crisped up and browned a bit more. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Note: this recipe can be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.

I love the way that this recipe turns out. It makes just the right amount for any weeknight or Sunday family meal but it can also be doubled or tripled to feed a large crowd on Thanksgiving. Once you learn to make green bean casserole from scratch you won’t want to go back to the canned version, I’m sure.

Have you ever made green bean casserole from scratch?

Homemade Southern Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Ditch the canned stuff for this delicious, completely from scratch green bean casserole recipe. Your classic green bean casserole recipe gets a makeover using fresh, real ingredients for an authentic homemade taste.
The Domestic Diva
The Domestic Diva

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  1. November 17, 2017 / 11:42 am

    I LOVE a good green bean casserole and this one looks and sounds delish! I’m from the Midwest and ours were very similar to yours growing up – yum!

  2. November 17, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Bean casserole – yes please this is a perfect winter warmer and along with some crispy bread is the ideal comfort food x

  3. Jeanine
    November 17, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    Yum! I’ve never had a bean casserole before this looks delicious and easy enough for me to make! I will have to give it a try!

  4. November 17, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I just was retested for my allergies and so happy to hear I can eat green beans again. This looks yum.

  5. Gingermommy
    November 17, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    This is an interesting twist on a classic green bean recipe. I am going to have to try it

  6. November 18, 2017 / 1:33 am

    OMG yes! This must taste so incredibly good! I love green beans ( or any bean at all to be honest!) , I love mushrooms and this just sounds like the most amazing combination! Can I switch the milk for soy milk or almond milk? Maybe rice milk would be a better idea…

    • November 18, 2017 / 6:55 pm

      Yes, I think you could use a plant based milk in this recipe instead.

  7. November 18, 2017 / 1:35 am

    Looks delicious! Seems the very thing to eat on a cold Christmas day!

  8. November 18, 2017 / 4:31 am

    We grew up on this! My family is from North Carolina originally and I think this was the state dish! ;)

  9. November 18, 2017 / 8:17 am

    I’ve never made any kind of green been casserole before. It’s not something I grew up eating, but this does sound yummy.

  10. Shubhada Bhide
    November 18, 2017 / 8:56 am

    OMG! This looks amazing and really tempting. I would definitely try this Southern Green Bean Casserole for my family, they will love this for sure.

  11. November 18, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I just pinned this! It incredible!! Green bean casserole is definitely a staple food around Thanksgiving!

  12. November 18, 2017 / 9:22 am

    I am not typically a fan of green bean casserole, but your recipe almost makes me want to change my mind! I’m going to check out some of your other recipes while I’m here.

  13. November 18, 2017 / 10:13 am

    I have never made a casserole let alone a green bean casserole but this recipe is making me so hungry. I really want to try this out!

  14. November 18, 2017 / 11:51 am

    This recipe is one of my absolute favorites both for the holidays and for an everyday meal! I love the flavors, and the textures! I love the idea of making my own French fried onions, I have never done that before, I usually just buy a can of them, I must try this, looks so good!

  15. November 18, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Oh yum!!! Green been casserole is a must have for holidays! I’m gonna have to try out this recipe!

  16. November 18, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    I have never had green bean casserole before but i imagine it must taste amazing. Can’t wait to try it .

  17. November 18, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    We lived in Georgia and north carolina for a few years, so I think it’s our obligation to make this!

  18. Rosey
    November 18, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    We have this every year. I have not made it myself yet though, and I really should give it a whirl.

  19. November 18, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I have not made green bean casserole myself but have had some at some thanksgiving dinners and it was good. It is always a crowd pleasure for sure.

  20. November 19, 2017 / 12:45 am

    Green bean casserole is such a staple for the holidays! I need to start making it for my family.

  21. Taslyn
    November 19, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I love green beans never tried making it into a casserole will definitely try to make this

  22. November 19, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I have not made green bean casserole before, it looks and sounds so delicious. I am going to try it out in the Christmas holidays.

  23. November 19, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing. I love a good casserole in the winter, it makes up for the cold weather.

  24. November 19, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I don’t do dairy, so I’ll swap butter and milk for non-dairy. I love that you are frying your own crispy onions! Yum!

  25. November 19, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    I’ll tell you what, it isn’t Thanksgiving without THIS casserole! One of my favorites, for sure! I really should make it more than just at Thanksgiving…

  26. marie
    November 20, 2017 / 8:28 am

    This sounds so delicious! If this was served at our Thanksgiving table, I would definitely put heaps on my plate!

  27. Susannah
    November 20, 2017 / 10:29 am

    I love Green Bean Casserole and I’m from the South. I approve of this recipe! :D

  28. Bobbi
    November 20, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    This is one of my favorite dishes to both make and enjoy. This looks like it is so good.

  29. November 20, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Looks like an easy yet delicious southern green bean casserole! Perfect for this week!

  30. November 21, 2017 / 3:11 am

    This looks tasty! I just got an idea what to make for lunch, thank you!

  31. November 22, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Yummy!!! this looks very tasty! thank you for sharing the recipe!

  32. November 27, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    This recipe sounds amazing! Yum.

  33. November 28, 2017 / 3:39 am

    this looks so yummy! will be trying this one!