The Best Classic Green Bean Casserole   The Wholesome Dish
Easy classic Green Bean Casserole

This classic recipe is often served as a holiday side dish. But it’s so quick and easy to make, it’s also a great side on busy weeknights.Easy Green Bean Casserole Recipe

This recipe calls for canned green beans, condensed cream of mushroom soup, and canned fried onions. The whole thing can be prepared in 5 minutes, according to thewholesomedish.

How To Make Green Bean Casserole

Drain the liquid from two cans of green beans. I like cut green beans, but any style of green beans will work.

  • Place the beans in a mixing bowl.

  • Add a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup. I use Campbell’s (NO affiliation).
  • Add 1/2 cup of canned fried onions. I use French’s Fried Onions (NO affiliation).
Bowl of canned green beans, condensed cream of mushroom soup, and French's fried onions
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Transfer the bean mixture to a 9×9 inch baking dish.
The Best Classic Green Bean Casserole   The Wholesome Dish
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How long to cook green bean casserole

It is best to cook this casserole in stages.

  • Cook it at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes until the liquid is hot and bubbly.

  • Then, top it with more fried onions and cook it for another 10 minutes to get the onions extra crispy.
The Best Classic Green Bean Casserole   The Wholesome Dish
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Can you make Green Bean Cassrole Ahead of Time

Yes! If you want to use this as a make ahead green bean casserole recipe, just prepare the casserole according to the directions before the baking step. Instead, cover the dish with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to bake it, remove it from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature as the oven is preheating. Remove the plastic wrap and bake according to the directions. It may require an additional 10 minutes of bake time to get the liquid hot and bubbly.

What Can You Substitute For Cream Of Mushroom Soup

Any condensed cream soup will work in this recipe. If you don’t like mushrooms, you could also try:

  • Cream of chicken soup

  • Cream of celery soup
  • Cream of bacon soup
  • Cream of asparagus soup
  • Cream of potato soup

What Goes With Green Bean Casserole

This dish would be great for Thanksgiving or Christmas. But, if you are making it for an easy dinner, try it with these recipes:

  • Easy Cheeseburgers Recipe
  • Meatloaf
  • Pistachio Crusted Chicken

The best classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

The Best Classic Green Bean Casserole is a mix of Campbell's and French's recipes. This easy side dish recipe is perfect for holidays or a weeknight meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 143 kcal

Author: Amanda Finks


  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans green beans drained
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups french fried onions divided


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the drained green beans, mushroom soup, and 1/2 cup of the fried onions. Stir to combine.

  • Pour the green bean mixture into a 9x9 (or 7x11) inch baking dish. Spread it out in an even layer.

  • Bake for 20 minutes. Stir.

  • Sprinkle evenly with the remaining onions. Bake for 10 more minutes.

Calories in Green Bean Casserole

Traditional green bean casserole is made with cream of mushroom soup and topped with french fried onions.

Traditional green bean casserole contains 161 calories per one-cup serving. It also provides up to 10 grams of fat, but nutritional information depends greatly on the ingredients used to prepare the dish.

If you make it with low-fat mushroom soup, you'll save a few calories, but not many. According to the folks at Campbell's, you'll only save about 15 calories per serving if you use their 98% fat-free soup.

How to Make Healthier Green Bean Casserole

You can prepare a healthy green bean casserole recipe that uses bread crumbs instead of fried onions to save a few calories. But if you really love the onions, this alternative may not work for you. So another option is to use an online recipe tool to reduce the calories in your green bean casserole.

But if you don't really savor the creamy dish, why not simply enjoy steamed green beans? There are only 44 calories in green beans. They are low in sodium, high in calcium, and high in vitamins and minerals. Green beans are also full of fiber so that they will help you to feel full before you overeat.

Remember that there are many ways to reduce your caloric intake on Thanksgiving. Evaluate your menu and cut calories where you can to keep your diet on track, suggested verywellfit.

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