Nothing welcomes Fall and cold weather quite like a hearty, warm casserole. As we enter this season of comfort food, casserole recipes will be popping up everywhere but specifically, I think green bean casseroles just don’t get enough attention. Green bean casserole is one of the quintessential side dishes of Thanksgiving but we should be making this holiday staple all season long.
We all know and love the nostalgic Campbell’s Soup recipe that we ate as kids but there are so many ways to jazz up this classic to make it go with any meal, any night of the week. I'll share 12 recipes that will make green beans the star of the show!
The classic. Of course, I had to start off with the original Campbell’s version but this one is lightened up for you. At 86 calories and just 2 Weight Watchers points per serving, this recipe will give you all the comfort and feels of the classic without the guilt.
Or so Alton Brown, host of Good Eats on Food Network, claims. He is a food scientist, after all, so I think we can trust him. This recipe is a little more labor intensive since he coats and bakes his own onion crisps but it makes them light and crispy instead of having the heavily coated store-bought ones. After trying this recipe and it being such a hit last Thanksgiving, I think he can claim it as “The Best” all he wants.
In my opinion, wild mushrooms are a true God-given treasure. While giving meatless recipes their great texture, these funky fungi can also add so much flavor with their woodsy, earthiness. In this recipe, they do just that. This recipe is vegan but you wouldn't be able to tell, the mushroom cream sauce and green beans are so perfectly balanced, vegan or not, you’ll love this recipe.
Of course, I had to try Ina’s version of this casserole and oh boy, it does not disappoint! What really kicks this recipe up a notch is blanching the green beans in chicken broth. That added flavor makes all the difference. That, and the sharpness of the parmesan, yum! Ina shows us her true superiority once again.
This cheesy green bean casserole is extremely decadent and delicious. We are throwing the calorie counting out the window on this one and will splurge a little. Made with Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup, three types of cheese, French’s fried onions, and a buttery cracker topping this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
A one-stop shop right here, this recipe is a full meal in a dish. Chicken, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and stuffing are the four main ingredients. It’s almost like Thanksgiving in one meal; I guarantee it will give you those comfort food vibes on a cold day.
Who doesn’t love a good crockpot recipe? Throw in some ingredients and walk away. Yes, please. Especially for a side dish at a busy holiday gathering, this can be a game changer. The oven is being used up constantly and this makes for one less thing to worry about. Try this recipe, it’s basically Campbell's original version but will make your life a bit easier.
This recipe from Together As Family will make those finicky eaters happy. Let’s face it, you either love mushrooms or hate them, there is no middle ground. This recipe starts with a butter and flour roux (roux is a mixture of flour and fat cooked together to be used as a thickening agent) and essentially makes a bechamel sauce (Bechamel is a white sauce made of butter, flour, and milk) in place of the cream of mushroom soup. Viola, happy eaters!
Okay, this is another indulgent version but cheese AND bacon? Yes, please! This recipe is also mushroom-less so this is a crowding-pleasing favorite to make for your next gathering. Kids and adults alike will love this and will have them coming back for seconds.
From premeditated leftovers, they take the leftover ham to create this one-dish meal. This recipe is simple, light, and dairy-free. Try it for a healthier, fresher take on green bean casserole.
This recipe from McCormick is flawlessly well-balanced. By adding the brightness of the grape tomatoes, sharpness of the parmesan, and earthiness of the thyme it takes green bean casserole to a whole different level. This one will turn into a staple recipe in your household and can be used year-round for any meal or gathering.
Similar to the classic but with a kick, this Southwestern version brings that punch of flavor and spice that normal green bean casseroles lack. Tip: make this an all-in-one meal by adding some shredded or cubed chicken, easy peasy!
12 Best Green Bean Casseroles To Make This Fall
- 16 oz fresh green beans trimmed
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup low fat cream of mushroom soup
- ½ cup skim milk
- ½ cup fat free chicken broth
- ¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- cooking spray
- Prеhеat your ovеn to 350°F (175°C)
- Steam thе green beans until thеy'rе crisp-tеndеr, about 4-5 minutеs. Drain and sеt asidе.
- In a skillеt ovеr mеdium hеat, sauté thе mushrooms, onions, and garlic until tеndеr, approximatеly 5 minutеs.
- In a sеparatе bowl, combinе thе crеam of mushroom soup, milk, chickеn broth, salt, and pеppеr.
- Add the sautéеd mushroom mixture and grееn bеans to the soup mixture and stir wеll.
- Transfеr thе mixturе to a baking dish coatеd with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, mix thе brеadcrumbs and Parmеsan cheese. Sprinklе this mixturе еvеnly ovеr thе cassеrolе.
- Bakе for 25-30 minutеs, or until the top is golden and thе cassеrolе is bubbly.