Paula Deen’s Southern Green Bean Casserole

We are in love with Paula Deen’s Southern Green Bean Casserole! This easy side dish is perfect for family dinners and it’s a great recipe to make ahead of time and reheat later. Green beans in a creamy sauce with cheddar, and crunchy fried onions sprinkled on top! You’re going to want to try this!


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Green bean casserole recipe

This easy fresh green bean casserole recipe was adapted from Paula Deen’s original recipe with just a few tweaks. We also love Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole with cheese and amazing sweet potato casserole.

The combination of flavors in this green bean casserole is SO good and it’s so easy to make. You could easily prepare this recipe a day or two ahead of time and then reheat it.

The crunchy French’s fried onions on top are a must for making a French onion green bean casserole on your Christmas table!

We also made a green bean casserole with bacon using canned green beans and a recipe for Campbells green bean casserole for you to enjoy.

If you’re looking for another side dish to compliment your holiday meal, try these easy, cheesy potatoes au gratin or my cranberry fluff salad and delicious homemade easy cranberry sauce.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy simple green bean casserole
  • Perfect make ahead creamy green bean casserole
  • Perfect green bean casserole for Thanksgiving

Ingredients to green bean casserole

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This recipe uses simple ingredients, some of which you may already have in your pantry.

  • Chicken stock
  • Fresh green beans
  • Butter
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • French’s French fried onions
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt & black pepper

Substitutions

You can use frozen green beans in your green bean casserole as a substitute for fresh green beans. Also make your own crispy fried onions in a frying pan dredged in flour with spices instead of the French’s fried onions.

This green bean casserole with cheese can made using the mild or sharp cheddar of your choice and even velveeta cheese. You can use crumbled ritz crackers on top of your green bean casserole instead of the fried onions or both.

Make green bean casserole with no mushroom soup by substituting with chicken cream of soup. Substitute a few cloves of fresh chopped garlic for the garlic powder.

Step by step Instructions for how to cook green bean casserole

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 2-quart baking dish.

In a large pot, bring 3 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add green beans and boil in chicken broth for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Mushroom and onions in cast iron skillet with a few pats of butter.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter and add in sliced mushrooms and chopped onions. Sauté until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Green beans, mushroom mixture, cream of mushroom soup and fried onions in skillet.

To the skillet, add green beans, cream of mushroom soup and 1/3 cup of the French fried onions. Stir to combine.

Uncooked green bean casserole in white baking dish, ready to go into the oven.

Spread mixture in prepared 2 quart baking dish.

How long to cook this green bean casserole?

Bake in 350°F oven for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and continue cooking for 10 more minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining fried onion rings and enjoy!

Variations

There are so many ways and ingredients to use when making a classic green bean baked casserole. Make a homemade or green bean casserole from scratch by making your own mushroom soup.

Green bean casserole made with tater tots to make a green bean casserole with hamburger or ground beef. Make a ham and green bean casserole by adding 2 to 4 cups of cubed ham.

You can make green bean casserole with cream cheese and green bean casserole with artichokes or use almond slices on top your casserole

Top tips for making the best green bean casserole

  • If you are using frozen green beans be sure to thaw and rinse before using in this recipe (thaw quickly under running water)
  • Make sure to preheat your oven for the best even cooking
  • Boiling the green beans in chicken broth adds a lot of flavor
  • Do not overcook the green beans when boiling in the chicken broth

Reheating a green bean casserole?

The reheat leftover green bean casserole, cover with foil and place in oven-proof container. Reheat in 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

See my complete guide for how to reheat green bean casseroles in 6 different easy ways.

Green bean casserole calories?

One serving size of Paula Deen’s green bean casserole has 245 calories.

Storage and freezing instructions

How long will a green bean casserole last?

Store leftovers in baking dish, covered with foil or an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze green bean casserole?

Yes you can! Use a freezer-safe container to store in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature before reheating to serve.

FAQ’s

Can you make Paula Deen’s grean bean casserole ahead of time?

Yes, this is the perfect go-to side dish to make ahead. Since this recipe is perfect for family gatherings and potlucks, it’s practical to make it ahead store covered with foil in the fridge for 1 to 2 days and reheat it for 25 to 30 minutes in a 350°F oven.

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Finished dish of green bean casserole with wooden spoon.

Paula Deen’s Southern Green Bean Casserole


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

Fresh green beans in a creamy mushroom sauce, topped with shredded cheddar and crispy French’s onion rings, this classic holiday side dish is a must for every holiday dinner.


Ingredients

1/3 cup butter

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

2 cups sliced fresh green beans

3 cups chicken broth

1 10-1/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup

1 2.8 oz. can French’s Fried Onion Rings

Pinch salt and pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup grated Cheddar cheese


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2.  Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  3. In a large pot, bring 3 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add green beans and boil in chicken broth for 10 to 13 minutes  until crisp-tender.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter and add in sliced mushrooms and chopped onions. Sauté until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. 
  5. To the skillet, add green beans, cream of mushroom soup, garlic powder, salt, pepper and 1/3 cup of the French fried onions. Stir to combine.
  6. Spread mixture in prepared 2 quart baking dish.
  7. Bake in 350°F oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and continue cooking for 10 more minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining fried onion rings and enjoy.

Notes

How long will a green bean casserole last? Store leftovers in baking dish, covered with foil or an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. 

Can you freeze green bean casserole? Yes you can! Use a freezer-safe container to store in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature before reheating to serve.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 helping
  • Calories: 245
  • Sugar: 3.2 g
  • Sodium: 1303.5 mg
  • Fat: 20.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 51.4 mg

Keywords: Green bean casserole, Green bean casserole recipe, Paula Deen’s green bean casserole, Southern green bean casserole

One Comment

  1. This is one of those dishes you have wanted to try but not sure if you would like it. Well we loved it such great flavour mix with the green beans another Paula Dean winner!! Staple at our thanksgiving dinner table now.

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