Creamy Green Bean Casserole

A homemade spin on on a Thanksgiving classic. This creamy green bean casserole is made from scratch and baked to golden brown perfection. It’s absolutely delicious!

It’s a classic side dish for any get together or holiday!! For additional sides, check out out Instant Pot macaroni and cheese, creamed corn casserole and twice baked potatoes. You can’t go wrong with any of those!

A cast iron skillet of savory creamy green bean casserole.

Favorite Holiday Side Dish

Like many of you, the holidays are my favorite. Something about gathering as family and friends, enjoying one another’s company and eating delicious food might have something to do with it.

To help you and myself be prepared for all these amazing dinners, I’ve been testing boat loads of recipes. Today’s creamy green bean casserole ended up being one of my favorite dishes. I’m usually not a big fan, but guys, the homemade version is 100x better than the dump and bake version. 

While it may seem like a little more work (it definitely is), I promise it is worth it! 

Fresh cut green beans ready to be used in creamy green bean casserole.

Fresh Ingredients and How to Make

You’ll need fresh ingredients like

  • green beans
  • mushrooms
  • shallot
  • garlic

And of course you’ll need some heavy cream, chicken broth and parmesan cheese. 

Grab a large, deep skillet or shallow Dutch oven. I used my 12-inch cast iron skillet and it was just right.

MUSHROOMS. Start by melting the butter and browning the mushrooms. Don’t just toss them for a minute or two, get them nice and golden brown. The longer they cook the more flavor the sauce will have. You’ll deglaze the pan with chicken broth and scrape up the browned bits left behind, so don’t be too speedy. (Note: If you have picky kids, these can be omitted). 

ROUX. Next you’ll add the shallot and garlic, followed by the flour. Whisk until the flour cooks for a minute or two, then slowly pour in the chicken broth.

SAUCE. Add the cream, seasonings, and the cheese, then bring the mixture to a simmer. You want the mixture to be nice and thick. I usually let it go for a good 5 minutes or until it reaches the consistency of full-fat buttermilk- the thick stuff.

GREEN BEANS. Toss in freshly cut green beans and allow to cook for 10 minutes. The reason why I prefer to add the green beans in before tossing it in the oven is so that they can cook a bit longer without overcooking the topping. I prefer the green beans to be fully cooked and tender. I do not care for hard beans. 

TOPPING. While the green beans are cooking, in a small skillet melt the remaining butter. Add the panko breadcrumbs and toast until golden brown. I love this casserole because I personally think the combination of panko and fried onions is gold. Its’ crunchy, flavorful, and unique.

BAKE. Top and bake until golden brown and bubbly.

NOTE: Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving it, again, to help the cream thicken.

A spoon full of homemade creamy green bean casserole.

Changing it Up + Storing Tips

ADDITIONS. If you want to add bacon bits, add them to the mix right after the beans have cooked. They add so much flavor! For the topping, you can change that up however you like. Here are some suggestions:

  • Omit the Panko bread crumbs and use just the fried onions
  • Instead of Panko you can use crushed corn flakes, traditional bread crumbs or even more cheese

You can MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME. Just prepare it as directed, leaving off the topping to store. Add the crumbs and fried onions right before baking. And in case you have leftovers, STORE in a an air-tight container in the fridge for 3 days.

A serving of from-scratch green bean casserole.

Enjoy this dish with turkey, chicken, or pork. It’s creamy, crunchy and absolutely delicious. So much better than the stuff you make with canned/frozen ingredients. You’ll be wanting seconds and thirds of this one! 

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A spoon full of homemade creamy green bean casserole.

Creamy Green Bean Casserole Recipe

A homemade spin on on a Thanksgiving classic. This creamy green bean casserole is made from scratch and baked to golden brown perfection. It's absolutely delicious!
4.94 from 16 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 463kcal
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 oz crimini mushrooms - thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot - minced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 tsp coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese - shaved
  • 2 lb fresh green beans - cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
For the Topping
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 oz can fried onions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the mushrooms and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add shallot and garlic, sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle in flour, whisk continuously until golden brown. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, then the cream. Add the salt, garlic, pepper, and parmesan. Bring mixture to a simmer, allow to thicken substantially, about 5 minutes. Add the green beans and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet set over medium heat, add the 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the breadcrumbs and toast until golden brown. Sprinkle over the top of the skillet along with the fried onions.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the green beans are cooked throughout and the topping is golden brown in color.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2100IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. I’ve been searching for this recipe, from a reliable source, and this one fits the bill. I love that you don’t have to blanch the green beans first, one less step is great. And I like the idea of shallot rather than onion along with adding Panko to the topping. This will be on our Thanksging table this year!

  2. 5 stars
    We loved this so much, I’m making it again this year!  I’m wondering about getting it started earlier in the morning.   Have you tried getting it to the stage right before baking ahead of time, then baking it right before serving?  I’m looking to get a good head start on everything and then just having to put it all in the ovens before we eat. Any make ahead tips you’ve tried would be appreciated. I’m lucky to have 3 ovens which is really a blessing during the holidays. 

    1. I am so glad you liked it! That is so nice to have 3 ovens!! Jealous! I have it made it the morning of, but not any sooner. It might be ok, if made earlier that. I was thinking about sogginess, but it does bake & get crispy, so it should be ok 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    After having tried this fresh green bean casserole, I can never go back to the processed cans and cream soup! Delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    This has always been one of my favorite side dishes on the Thanksgiving table! Looking forward to making this for our holiday dinners this year!

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for this great post. Your ketchup recipe is a staple in my kitchen! I just made another batch yesterday 🙂