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Homemade Green Bean Casserole: No Canned Soup Here

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

My husband adores green bean casserole. I think his Thanksgiving would be ruined if there wasn’t plenty of it. Luckily for him, there usually is, and also lucky for him, his wife and kids love it too.

My green bean casserole is made from scratch. You won’t find a can of cream of mushroom soup here, but you will find baby portabellas, fresh green beans, cream and crisp onions. All the things necessary for a good green bean casserole, one my husband claims to be the best.
This green bean casserole is perfect for Thanksgiving. Green beans can be blanched ahead, and final oven time can be left until the turkey is resting, which is one of Melissa d’Arabian’s organization tips for turkey day.
From Scratch Green Bean Casserole

1 pound fresh green beans
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup cream and 1/2 cup whole milk (or 1 cup half-and-half)
salt and pepper
1 cup fried onions

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Blanch green beans for 5 minutes. Remove beans to an ice water bath, drain and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In an oven-proof skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add in mushrooms. Saute 4-5 minutes until mushrooms begin to sweat. Add in garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds. Sift flour over the mushrooms. Stir to combine and cook one minute until the flour mixture starts to turn a light golden brown.

Slowly pour in chicken broth while stirring. When broth and flour are thoroughly incorporated, lower heat and stir in milk and cream. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Continue cooking until cream sauce is thickened. Stir in green beans. Top with crisp onions and place skillet in the oven for 15 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Makes 6 servings.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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4 thoughts on “Homemade Green Bean Casserole: No Canned Soup Here

  1. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    Soooo much better than the canned soup version!

  2. [...] Green Bean Casserole | You won’t find a can of cream of mushroom soup in this recipe for homemade green bean casserole. Fresh green beans and real mushrooms makes this classic Thanksgiving dish a star. [...]

  3. FoodontheTable says:

    I love green bean casserole! I can’t wait to make this “clean” version for Thanksgiving.

  4. [...] If you’re looking for fresh green bean casserole ideas, check out “Green Bean Casserole Recipes from Pioneer Woman,” and for a green bean casserole without the canned soup, check out Shaina’s “Can-free Green Bean Casserole.” [...]

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