How to make delicious last-minute green bean casserole? Here are the top 2 recipes!

by Kristiyana

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is finally here! Oh, how long have I been preparing for this holiday. Currently, I am constantly keeping tabs on all my family members to know who is coming to the grand feast at my house, and who isn’t. Not to mention, that I have watched so many DIY’s for Thanksgiving decorations that I can practically give out a full course on how to make a dozen different holiday items! My turkey is ready, and so is my cranberry sauce, but I am lacking a side dish to complete my well-set table. I have the mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, and caramel apple pie, but I think I have to add some more vegetables to the menu. Since I am in a hurry for tonight, I need a recipe that is easy and fast to make. Do you have any ideas? Why not give a go at a creamy green bean casserole? It’s sounds pretty easy to make, doesn’t it?

Green bean casserole for Thanksgiving

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Green bean casserole has been a part of Thanksgiving tradition for almost 70 years now! It is an iconic, simple and delicious appetizer, that a lot of families enjoy during this special holiday. Easy and fast to make, the casserole is a great addition to the festive dining table if you want something that is creamy and made mostly from vegetables. When it comes to choosing the best green bean casserole recipe, there are a lot of contenders for the first place. Luckily for you, I have picked out the two most-searched for popular and exquisite green bean casserole recipes! The first one is the authentic original Campbells’ green bean casserole recipe, and the second one is Ina Garten’s famous version. Both are easy and will award you with delightful results. Want to give them a try?

Campbells’green bean casserole recipe

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Let’s first start off with the original Campbells’ recipe.

What you will need:

  • 4 cups/ 500 gr fresh green beans/ or cooked
  • 1/2 cup/ 12o ml milk
  • 1 1/3 cups/ 265 gr French fried onions
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce


Let’s begin by firstly preheating the oven to 350 °F/ 180 °C. Remove the ends of the green beans, and cut them in half. Take a large sauce pan. Fill it with water and place beans inside. Boil beans for 8 minutes. Then drain. Take a large baking tray. Place beans, milk, mushroom soup, soy sauce, and 2/3 cup/ 120 gr of the fried onions. Stir. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Place the tray with the mix in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Take it out and stir the dish. Top with the remaining 2/3 cup/ 120 gr of the fried onions. Place again in the oven and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the onions become golden brown. Take out and serve. Bon appétit!

Ina Garten’s green bean casserole recipe

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Oh, these fried onions look amazing, don’t you think? Time to make Ina Garten’s famous green bean casserole!

What you will need:

  • 3 cups/ 380 gr fresh green beans
  • 2/4 cups/ 160 ml chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup/ 75 gr grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup/ 26 gr cut onion
  • 1 cup/ 100 gr sliced mushrooms
  • crispy onion strings
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 10.75 ounce/40 gr cream of mushroom soup can
  • 2 tbls. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 tsp. black pepper


First, preheat the oven to 350 °F/ 180 °C. Take a large frying pan and melt the butter over medium heat. Put in the sliced mushrooms and minced onions in the pan, and sauté until they are tender. Stir occasionally. Add the minced garlic and cook for a few minutes. Remove the pan and set aside. Remove the ends of the fresh green beans and cut them in half. Take a saucepan big enough to put the beans and chicken broth. Boil. Cook the beans for 8 minutes until they are crisp-tender, then drain them. Take a large baking tray and spray it with cooking spray. In a big bowl, mix the green beans, soup, mushroom and garlic mixture, grated cheese, salt, and pepper. Place the mixture in the baking tray and cover with crispy onion strings on top. Put in the oven for 20 minutes, and then check if casserole is precisely cooked. Take out and serve. Good job!

Can you make green bean casserole ahead of time?

Follow the steps of the recipe for preparing the dish, except for placing it in the oven. Instead, cover it tightly with foil and put in fridge for not more than 48 hours. When the time comes, uncover it and bake it in the oven per the directions of the chosen recipe.

I hope I helped you out in your quest for creating the best green bean casserole for Thanksgiving 2022! I personally went with the classic Campbells’ recipe as for me nothing can beat the original, and I really look forward to trying it out when all my guests are sited at the grand table. And if by any chance you are still in need of more ideas on quick and delicious Thanksgiving side dishes, why not check out our 4 top choices? Enjoy everyone, and happy Thanksgiving!

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