Paula Deen's Green Bean Casserole is a great, easy side dish perfect for the holidays or family dinner. With simple ingredients, you can make this perfect side dish ahead of time, and have a warm home-style dish. It's creamy, cheesy, crunchy, and tastes delicious!
I love making this copycat side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It never last long as everyone loves it! This side dish would also be great for Christmas dinner, Easter dinner, or a fun family dinner.
We love a good side dish. Try our other fun and fast side dishes like our Roasted Maple Brussel Sprouts, Paula Deen's Sweet Potato Casserole, Paula Deen's Deviled Eggs or our homestyle Popeye's Biscuits.
The original recipe can be found here. We have made alterations and substitutions to the original dish.
- Fresh Green Beans - chopped in thirds
- Chicken Broth
- Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Cheddar cheese - grated
- French Fried Onions
- Mushrooms- sliced into thin slices
- Yellow Onion - chopped
- Table Salt
- Black Pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
Melt butter in a large skillet and saute mushrooms and onions until golden brown.
Remove both ends/tips of the fresh green beans and then chop them into thirds.
In a medium size saucepan bring chicken broth to a boil.
Place the chopped green beans into the boiling chicken broth and cook for ten minutes.
Drain the green beans.
In a casserole dish, add the cooked green beans, cream of mushroom soup, french fried onions, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and salt and pepper. Stir well.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, top with cheddar cheese and cook for another 10 minutes.
Hint: If you don't have fresh green beans, you can substitute for frozen green beans, or canned green beans. See substitution for cooking directions.
- Frozen Green Beans - when using frozen green beans, just like fresh green beans, boil the beans in the chicken broth.
- Canned Green Beans - when using canned green beans, skip boiling the beans in the chicken broth and mix the drained canned green beans directly with the mushroom soup, sautéed vegetables, and french fried onions.
- Extra Crunch - add extra french fried onions to the top of the casserole if you want an extra crunch.
- No Cheese - Looking for a cheese free option, skip the final step and don't add the cheese to the top. Top with extra french fried onions.
- Garlic Powder - Add a teaspoon of garlic powder to give this homestyle casserole some extra flavor.
You will need a medium sauce pan, a medium sauté pan, and a 9x9 casserole dish.
Store cooked casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven, air fryer, or microwave when ready to serve again.
Make this holiday dish ahead of time and cook when your are ready to serve. Follow all steps until you are ready to bake in the oven. Then cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Up to 3 days.
This can help ease the burden of prepping big meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner!
Once the cheese is on, you can cook until the cheese is just melted for a gooey dish, or you can cook until the cheese gets a little crispy on top.Print
Fresh green beans leave you with tender yet crips green bean with lots of flavor. Using canned green beans makes for a quicker side dish but may loose some flavor and will not be crisp yet tender.
In the case where your green bean casserole is watery, use a roux or starch to thicken up the sauce.
This is a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. It pairs great with potatoes, chicken, or turkey.
Absolutely. Assemble the casserole the night before and cover with saran wrap uncooked. You can even keep the uncooked casserole in the refrigerator for 3 days. Pull out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.