Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

Hello Thanksgiving-Loving Friend! Welcome to my from-scratch Green Bean Casserole recipe. While canned goods have their place and time, a green bean casserole on Thanksgiving isn’t the time or the place. This recipe is just as easy and much tastier!

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The first time I heard about the traditional Thanksgiving green bean casserole recipe I said:

You mean, you mix a can of this with a can of that and top it with a can of those? And then you bake it? And then you *eat* it? Yuck!

The first time I tasted it was last year when we decided to have some American fun with a real American Thanksgiving dinner while my parents were in town.

I had “Green Bean Casserole” on my list of things to make and so jotted down the ingredients on my grocery list. I was beyond surprised to find these items sold together as a package. In our store they even came with a casserole dish. $9.99 for the canned green beans, mushroom soup, friend onions and a casserole dish. It was a bargain I couldn’t pass up.

For that Thanksgiving dinner I made the green bean casserole. And it actually wasn’t as bad as I’d expected it to be. But that doesn’t mean it was good either.

This year we’re having friends from Australia visit us for Thanksgiving. Now that I’ve had my taste of the original Green Bean Casserole, and knowing that nobody at our table will have emotional ties to the classic either, I feel free to make a version that is not printed on a can of beans (or on a can of soup or on a can of onions).

Today’s recipes is a from-scratch green bean casserole that tastes similar to the classic canned version, but is made with fresh ingredients.

And it’s still easy to make!

Oh, I did throw in one canned ingredient just to keep it traditional: Canned 2% Evaporated Milk. I find the evaporated milk adds creaminess without a lot of fat. But you can use plain whole milk instead if you’d prefer.

Easy Green Bean Casserole made from Scratch

If you’re looking for a great dish to serve with these beans, you should also check out my stuffed turkey breast recipe.

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Now, here’s my from-scratch green bean casserole recipe.

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

This Green Bean Casserole recipe is creamy, mushroomy and oniony like the original but without all the canned foods. Even with the use of fresh ingredients, it's still a snap to make.


  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs. green beans, trimmed an cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 (370ml) can of 2% evaporated milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. In a small bowl combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Combine the beans, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a 13x9" cake pan. Roast for 10 minutes and then shake the pan. Continue to roast until beans are fork tender, 10-15 more minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until well-browned, 7-9 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the flour. Stir well to coat all the mushrooms in flour. Stir in the evaporated milk. Heat while stirring continuously until the liquid is bubbling and thick. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed (I add about another 1/4 teaspoon of each).
  4. Pour the creamy mushrooms over the beans and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture and bake until browned on top, 18-22 minutes.

Are you a purist when it comes to Thanksgiving or are there twists that only happen in your kitchen? I’d love to hear what you make and any ideas you have for bringing freshness to the meal. Scroll down to the comments secant to tell me all about it.

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12 Responses to “Green Bean Casserole From Scratch”

  1. Sam — December 17, 2013 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    I’d never thought about making green bean casserole from scratch before. I always just did it the way my mom did. Am I ever going to wow my family next year.

  2. Veronica — December 17, 2013 @ 4:50 pm (#)

    I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving this year. It was perfect! I love that I can now make a green bean casserole from scratch that my family loves.Thanks for sharing this!!!

  3. JulieD — November 26, 2013 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    Love this, Christine!!


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