Homemade Green Bean Casserole from Scratch is so easy to make and perfect for the holidays!
There is something about Green Bean Casserole that always makes me think of the holidays. Is that just me? It’s really the only time of year my family makes this dish, so I suppose that is why. I guess it’s sort of like turkey in that way. I mean we only roast a turkey once a year haha! This year, I wanted to clean up this old school recipe and use more wholesome ingredients. You won’t find a can of anything in this recipe but you will find all those cozy, recipe vibes!
Cleaned Up Green Bean Casserole
Cleaned up Green Bean Casserole anyone? This year, I have been on a kick to recreate casserole recipes using quality ingredients that I cook with the rest of year. I realized last holiday season, that this time of year is the only time of year I compromise my ingredients in favor of recipes that everyone knows and loves. To be honest, I thought this might be the reason I often get a tummy ache after those big holiday meals!
So this year, I decided to create these holiday casserole recipes that still had all the same delicious, nostalgic taste but without all the preservatives and questionable ingredients. These casseroles can be made using the milks, butters, veggies that you already have in your kitchen!
Casseroles Made With Quality Ingredients
So many American recipes call for a can of this or a can of that. I’m not knocking old school recipes but I wanted to freshen things up a bit and make my holiday recipes with the ingredients that I like to cook with year round. I figured if we already love classics like Green Bean Casserole when it’s made with generic ingredients, how much more would we love it when it’s made with flavorful ingredients?!
I am proud to say that this recipe passed the BMW taste test! Boy loves his old school holiday recipes so I know not to change things up too much. This recipe comes together so quick too!
Here are some of my favorite holiday recipes!
Makes one 9x13in casserole
4 cups green beans, fresh or frozen, trimmed and cut
2 cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 medium white onion, chopped
2 cups half and half
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup fried onions (like French’s)
- Sauté onions and garlic with butter and half the salt in a skillet over medium heat, until translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Reduce heat and add flour, half and half and remaining salt, stirring until paste forms.
- Stir in green beans and mushrooms. Can do this in a large bowl if your pan is not big enough.
- Transfer to a casserole dish that is well greased. Bake at 350 degrees, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover, top with fried onions, bake an additional 10 minutes. Serve hot.
Are you a green bean casserole fan? Tell me in the comments!