The Real Green Bean Casserole [+ Video]


The real green bean casserole doesn’t use cream of anything soup and the fried shoestring potatoes may be a new twist but it’s a good one!


The real green bean casserole doesn't use cream of anything soup and the fried shoestring potatoes may be a new twist but it's a good one!


The Utah Dairy council and I want to make sure you have a perfect Thanksgiving so we’ve brought you a special recipe for the real green bean casserole.


Raise your hand if green bean casserole makes it to your Thanksgiving feast. I don’t remember a single Thanksgiving dinner that didn’t involve green bean casserole, but ours never had the fried onion thingys on top. That just wasn’t really our thing. It stopped with the cheese, and it definitely involved a can of cream of mushroom soup, but I think my version is better, much better.


The real green bean casserole doesn't use cream of anything soup and the fried shoestring potatoes may be a new twist but it's a good one!


I asked on facebook a while back what you all have to have at Thanksgiving dinner and I was shocked that almost everyone mentioned green bean casserole with fried onions. I was seriously shocked. I thought that green bean casserole had been forgotten by everyone but my family. I was happily surprised, but still not for the fried onions. So, I do hope you will hear me out on this one because I think you’re going to love these shoestring fried potatoes.


The real green bean casserole doesn't use cream of anything soup and the fried shoestring potatoes may be a new twist but it's a good one!


Green beans and potatoes do go together so while I was whisking up the sauce, yes real mushroom sauce not canned anything, I had the thought that I could switch out the fried onions for something way better. And it totally worked. So, since this blog is all about reinventing family dinner I’ve reinvented the green bean casserole, but don’t worry it’s still just like the classic only it tastes better and it’s all fresh!


Are Green Beans Good For You?

Green beans are a good source of fiber, potassium, and folate, and are an excellent source of protein, iron, and zinc.

They contain anti-oxidants which can improve heart health and help prevent cancer and manage/prevent diabetes.


Can You Freeze Green Beans?

Green beans can be frozen for longer storage.

Like other vegetables, they should be blanched (Put in boiling water) for 2 minutes, then cooled and packaged in freezer containers.

Green beans can be frozen for 8-10 months.


How Long Will Cooked Green Beans Keep?

Cooked green beans can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.


The Real Green Bean Casserole

The classic green bean casserole gets a little makeover that even your grandmother will approve of. #thanksgiving #sides-3
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The Real Green Bean Casserole

The real green bean casserole doesn't use cream of anything soup and the fried shoestring potatoes may be a new twist but it's a good one!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Over 300 Christmas Recipes and Ideas to Bring the Christmas Spirit
Keyword: casserole, french beans, green bean casserole, shoestring potatoes, sides, thanksgiving
Servings: 9 x9" pan
Calories: 2153kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


For the sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Onion minced
  • 1 Garlic Clove minced
  • 1/2 cup minced white button Mushroom
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cream
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste

For the Casserole

  • 16 Oz French Green Beans washed and trimmed
  • 1 1/2 - 2 Cups Cheese Grated (we use colby jack)

For the shoestring Potatoes

  • 1 Large or 2 small Russet potatoes mostly peeled (I leave little slivers of peel on for added color)
  • Canola Oil
  • Salt


  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat add the butter and begin to melt.
  • Add the onion and garlic and saute until tender.
  • Add the mushrooms and saute until beginning to turn tender, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the flour and continue to whisk for about 30 seconds to remove that flour taste.
  • Quickly add the cream and broth and whisk until thickened.
  • Season to taste.
  • For the Casserole
  • Add the green beans and sauce mixture to a 9x9" pan and fold everything together.
  • Top with shredded cheese and shoestring potatoes.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until hot all the way through.
  • For the shoestring potatoes
  • Using a mandolin, slice the potatoes on the thinnest position.
  • Stack a few up at a time and chop into shoestrings.
  • Heat a pan with 1/4 cup oil over medium heat and fry until golden.
  • Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with a little salt.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 2153kcal | Carbohydrates: 98.6g | Protein: 70.8g | Cholesterol: 541.4mg | Fiber: 16.3g | Sugar: 25.8g
Tried this recipe?Mention @OhSweetBasil or tag #OhSweetBasil!

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Carrian Cheney

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37 comments on “The Real Green Bean Casserole [+ Video]”

  1. The recipe looks like healthy, perfection, definitely saving it. Thanks for green bean casserole recipe with ingredients also.

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  3. This is the BEST!!!

  4. Thanks for the cream of mushroom sauce (soup) recipe. I’ve been unable to have any since I found I can’t have any form of soy anymore and green bean casserole was one of my favorite dinners – yes, dinner! I’ll have to try it with the potatoes as I can’t have those onion rings anymore either!

  5. I made your cream sauce without the mushrooms for the ground beef and rice casserole. The casserole is currently in the oven, so I can’t comment on that, however, the “cream of…” soup was absolutely delicious by itself as a base. It was so full of flavor! I cannot wait to use it in different meals. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  6. Do you use fresh green beans or could you use frozen? If frozen would you blanche first?
    Thank you!

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  9. My aunt always made green bean casseroles when I was young 🙂 I love how food can bring you back. This recipe looks like perfection, definitely saving it!

  10. This sounds delicious. What kind of cream do you recommend?

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  13. Love the potato topping! I’ve always loved green bean casserole too. It was always on our Thanksgiving table and always with the fried onions. Going to have to try it your way very soon!

  14. I love your recipe. In fact I may modify my Green Bean Casserole Recipe as a result. But may I make a small, suggestion? Add two tablespoons of Soy Sauce, mix it in. You won’t believe it…

    Just something I want you to try…. Let me know what you think…

  15. LOVE that you made everything from scratch! I make green bean casserole for my family every thanksgiving and christmas and have to veganize it and make it form scratch otherwise they will make the traditional canned-soup recipe.

  16. My family also always has green bean casserole on the table at Thanksgiving, although I will shamefully admit, we still use the canned stuff — I just can’t bring myself to mess with tradition. But this…this looks like it could possibly break tradition, I LOVE the homemade fried onion topping.

  17. Oh my sweet goodness that topping looks fabulous! Winner! Pinning!

  18. Love the shoestring potato topping! Your version of green bean casserole sounds perfect!

  19. The real deal is so much better than the fake deal. I love everything about this casserole. Yum!

  20. Green bean casserole is my FAVORITE holiday dish and I love this one!!!

  21. I want to shove this into my face! One of my favorite T-Giving sides!

  22. I’ve been wanting to make a from scratch green bean casserole for ages now. I love the idea of the shoestring potatoes, although I don’t know if I could get my family to give up on the fried onions. People LOVE their fried onions. 🙂

  23. This looks very delish! The casserole looks perfect for Thanksgiving.

  24. That potato topping is so awesome! Such a genius idea!