The BEST Green Bean Casserole-No cream soup required!

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It’s never too early to start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu. Whether you are hosting the meal or just attending a friend or family gathering, you usually are expected to bring at least one dish. This easy green bean casserole is a classic Thanksgiving dish everyone is sure to love.

easy green bean casserole
This easy green bean casserole is a classic Thanksgiving dish. This recipe doesn’t require a can of cream soup.

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A Green Bean Casserole Without The Canned Soup?

A green bean casserole is one of those side dishes that is on almost every Thanksgiving table. It is often made with a can of cream soup that contains numerous unhealthy ingredients (like MSG & soy protein concentrate, just to name a few) .  My recipe contains no cans of cream-of-whatever soup and can easily be made gluten-free. It is also made with real food as long as you don’t include the french fried onions.

This casserole is a great dish to take to church potlucks or to serve alongside some grilled chicken and potato salad. This green bean casserole recipe originally comes from Laura at Heavenly Homemakers, though I have modified it quite a bit.

Now, for the record, I do top mine with the traditional french-fried onions. I know they aren’t good for you, but I can’t help it. I LOVE them! Since I only make this once or twice a year, I do splurge and put them on top. If you use the french-fried onions, this casserole won’t be gluten-free, but you can top it with cheddar cheese instead for an equally delicious (real food) casserole.

This green bean casserole is also very adaptable. You can make this with fresh or frozen or canned green beans. If using fresh beans, you will need to lightly cook them first. I usually use my home-canned green beans, since that is what I have on hand.

Please try this recipe just once. I bet you’ll never go back to using that can of processed soup again.

Green Bean Casserole

A green bean casserole free of canned soup that can easily be made gluten-free.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
  • 6 cups green beans, steamed if fresh
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 cup french-fried onions or
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  1. Drain green beans. Set aside. Melt butter in a large skillet. Saute onion in butter until tender.

  2. Mix cream, milk, and cornstarch. Pour into skillet with onions and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in garlic powder, salt, and green beans. 

  3. Pour into a greased casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Top with cheese or french fried onions and bake uncovered for 5-10 minutes longer. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

This green bean casserole can also be prepared ahead. Follow the instructions above, but just before baking, cover and refrigerate. When ready to bake, place in a cold oven and bake, covered, for 50 minutes before topping with the cheese or french-fried onions and baking 5 minutes longer.

Don’t miss my easy make-ahead sweet potato casserole too. You can prep both dishes the night before and slide them in the oven just before meal time. And if Thanksgiving always stresses you out, check out this post on how to make hosting Thanksgiving a lot easier.

How soon do you start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu? What is your must-have dish?

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