Best Ever Green Bean Casserole is an exceptional recipe for a classic Holiday side dish. You may even get the kids to eat green beans with this recipe! Make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to cook!
This Green Bean Casserole is one of those homestyle recipes that is a popular side dish for festive dinners such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Serve with Roast Turkey or Herb Crusted Pork Rib Roast.
I made this green bean casserole recipe with a homemade sauce, unlike the more common version that use cream of mushroom soup.
Can you make this casserole ahead of time?
Yes! Prepare, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. Add an additional 10-15 minutes bake time.
Green Beans - I use fresh green beans, but you can also us frozen green beans. I find canned green beans don't work well in this recipe as they get too soft.
Mushrooms - White or brown button mushrooms work well, but any of your favorite fresh mushrooms will taste great.
Red Bell Pepper - the sweet taste of red peppers compliments the flavor of the green beans.
Parmesan Cheese - fresh grated Parmesan! Cheddar cheese is also an option.
Cayenne Pepper - adds just a tad of heat. You can also used red pepper flakes.
Nutmeg - just a pinch to add a great depth of flavor.
Shallots - crispy shallots top the casserole. They have a more mild, sweeter flavor than onions.
Can you substitute the shallots with store-bought French-fried onions? Although I prefer the home-made crispy shallots, they packaged fried-onions will work to simplify the recipe.
Holiday favorite desserts.
Triple Layer No Bake Pumpkin Pie
Grandma's Old Fashioned Apple Pie
This post was originally published on July 11, 2013. Occasionally I update with fresh tips, content, and photos. Current update November 15, 2022.
Best Ever Green Bean Casserole
- 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans
- 1 pound mushrooms sliced
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 medium red bell pepper diced
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- pinch cayenne pepper
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup bread crumbs
- ¼ cup vegetable oil for deep frying shallots
- 4-6 shallots sliced thin
- Prepare the green beans. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook just until tender. (3-4 minutes)
- Fill a large bowl with ice water. Remove green beans from the cooking pot and immediately plunge into ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain, set aside.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet, add onion and sauté until softened. (about 5 minutes)
- Add red bell pepper and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened and liquid has evaporated.
- Stir the red peppers and mushrooms into the green beans. Set aside.
- Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan.
- Whisk in 4 tablespoons of flour. Whisk constantly until mixture begins to turn golden brown, about 2 minutes.
- Slowly pour in the milk while continually whisking. Cook medium heat until mixture has thickened. Constantly whisking.
- Stir in cayenne pepper and nutmeg.
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, stir occasionally.
- Pour sauce over the green bean- mushroom mixture. Toss to combine.
- Grease a 2 litre casserole dish with butter. Spread half of the green bean mixture in the baking pan.
- Sprinkle ½ cup grated parmesan on top. Top with the remaining green bean mixture.
- Combine together ½ cup parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.
- Sprinkle over top of the casserole.
- Cover with foil. Bake in oven at 350º Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes until casserole is bubbly and heated through.
- Uncover casserole and bake under broiler until top is golden brown.
- Prepare the crispy shallots. Heat vegetable oil in medium skillet, toss the shallots with 2 tablespoons of flour. Fry in oil until golden brown.
- Sprinkle the casserole with crispy shallots and serve.
The recipe should feed 6-8. Not really sure if you need to double up or not, not everyone loves green beans, but I probably would, then you won't risk not everyone having a serving.
Very yummy recipe.... I added crumbled bacon to the bean mixture. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for letting me know, great idea to add the bacon.
What kind of bread crumbs did you use for this recipe - looks great!!
Hi Natasha, I just used plain white breadcrumbs.
How long can you store it in the fridge before cooking?
I usually make mine in the morning, then bake for dinner that night.
I made this for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it. Best greenbean casserole I have had.
Wonderful!! thank you so much for letting me know 🙂
Can you Freeze it or make it a day or two ahead and refrigerate?
Hi Erin, I have not personally froze this recipe, but can't see any reason that it wouldn't freeze wonderfully. It may require a bit longer baking time.
Just made this today for Thanksgiving. Best green bean casserole I've ever had! Got sooo many compliments from my family. I doubled the recipe and then baked it for 55 minutes - it came out perfect. Thanks for the recipe!!
that is awesome, got to love when you try a new recipe and its a hit with the family. Happy Thanksgiving
What size of casserole dish?
Hi Brittany, I used a squared 2L size corning ware casserole dish
I could totally make this with milk/cheese alternatives!
'might just be the dish I take to Christmas pot luck I'm invited to!
Love to hear how it turns out with the substitutions.
Could you cook this in a crock pot? If so, how long and at what temp would you do?
Hi Tyerra, I have never cooked it in a crockpot so now sure the outcome.