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!
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
This recipe uses simple ingredients, some of which you may already have in your pantry.
- Chicken stock
- Fresh green beans
- Fresh mushrooms
- Cream of mushroom soup
- French’s French fried onions
- Garlic powder
- Salt & black pepper
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.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter and add in sliced mushrooms and chopped onions. Sauté until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
To the skillet, add green beans, cream of mushroom soup and 1/3 cup of the French fried onions. Stir to combine.
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!
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.
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.