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Best Fresh Green Bean Casserole Recipe

This homemade green bean casserole recipe with fresh green beans includes tender fresh green beans smothered in a homemade creamy mushroom sauce, topped with a delightful crunch of French fried onions. It's the perfect side dish to elevate any holiday meal and a true crowd-pleaser for any occasion!

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x

Ingredients

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For the Casserole:

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup half and half (or use a combination of half milk and half heavy cream)
  • 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Topping:

  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup French fried onions

Instructions

  1. Blanch the Green Beans: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fresh green beans and blanch for 2-3 minutes until they are bright green and slightly tender. Drain and immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain again and set aside.
    Preheat the Oven:
  2. Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C).
  3. Prepare the Mushroom Sauce: In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook for about 3-4 minutes until they start to become translucent. Add the minced garlic and sliced mushrooms to the skillet. Cook for another 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms have released their moisture and are slightly browned. Season the mushroom mixture with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Make the Creamy Sauce: Sprinkle the 3 tablespoons of flour over the mushroom mixture. Stir well to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes. Slowly pour in the half and half (or milk and cream mixture) while whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the chicken or vegetable broth and simmer, stir a few times, for another 5 minutes until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Combine the Sauce and Green Beans: Add the blanched green beans to the skillet with the mushroom sauce. Gently stir to coat the green beans evenly with the sauce.
  6. Assemble and Bake: Transfer the green bean and mushroom mixture to a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the panko and fried onion topping evenly over the green beans.
  7. Bake: Place the casserole in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the casserole is bubbling.
  8. Serve: Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your homemade green bean casserole!

This green bean casserole will totally be a hit at your next gathering or holiday meal!

Notes

* See Make Ahead and Storage & Reheat Instructions in the Blog Post above. 

  • Mushrooms: Feel free to leave out the mushrooms or replace with thinly sliced bell pepper.
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: side dish, green bean casserole, holiday, creamy sauce,