Bacon Green Bean Casserole

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Nothing says comfort food like a bacon green bean casserole made from scratch!

Rich, creamy, savory, and oh, so delicious, a green bean casserole is a classic holiday meal for sure!

Homemade Green Bean Casserole with a spoon inside

Classic Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

We love the classic Campbell’s green bean casserole as a side dish with Thanksgiving dinner.

This version has the same flavors with green beans and onions but is leveled up with a rich flavorful cream sauce replacing the mushroom soup and a little bit of bacon.

ingredients to make Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients for Green Bean Casserole

  • Green Beans Fresh is best but frozen works too!
  • Onions & Mushrooms are pan-fried and added to the sauce for lots of flavor.
  • Bacon use regular uncooked bacon, you need the little bit of fat to cook the onions and mushrooms
  • Cream Sauce A simple yet decadent sauce is made with light cream, chicken broth, and seasonings.
  • Toppings include a buttery, cheesy, bacon topping… need I say more?

How to Make Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

  1. Cook the beans. Boil green beans in a pot of water with a pinch of baking soda.
  2. Cook bacon until crisp, set aside. Add onion & mushrooms.

process of cooking onions and mushrooms to make Homemade Green Bean Casserole

  1. Add light cream & broth per the recipe below and simmer until thickened.
  2. Stir in parmesan cheese and green beans.

process of adding ingredients to pan to make Homemade Green Bean Casserole

  1. Place the green bean mixture in a casserole dish, top with crispy bacon and cheesy bread crumbs.
  2. Bake until browned and bubbly.

process of adding ingredients to dish to make Homemade Green Bean Casserole

PRO TIP: Adding a pinch of baking soda to green veggies while boiling helps to keep their bright green color without changing the flavor!

How to Make Ahead

  • This casserole can be assembled and refrigerated up to 48 hours ahead of time, keep the bread crumbs separate until you are ready to bake.
  • If assembled ahead of time, remove from the fridge while the oven preheats and add an additional 10 minutes cooking time.
  • Keep leftover green bean casserole covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Review Recipe

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Green Bean Casserole is rich, creamy, and made completely from scratch!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ pound green beans trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
Topping
  • ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese shredded
  • ½ tablespoon fresh parsley
Sauce
  • 2 slices bacon uncooked, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ small onion finely diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 ½ tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup light cream
  • ¾ cup chicken broth reduced sodium
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese shredded

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add ½ teaspoon baking soda*(see note) to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Cut beans in half and simmer 5-6 minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile in a large skillet cook bacon until crisp. Place bacon on paper towels to drain leaving the grease in the pan. Add 2 tablespoons butter and onion. Cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, garlic, pepper, salt (or to taste), poultry seasoning, and thyme leaves. Cook until mushrooms have released their juices and are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute more.
  • Add the cream and chicken broth. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese. Toss with drained green beans.
  • Place in a 2qt baking dish, top with bacon and breadcrumb mixture and bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and bread crumbs are browned.

Recipe Notes

*Baking soda is optional but will keep green vegetables like beans and broccoli bright green after cooking. It doesn't change the taste if used in small amounts.
Salt can be added to taste with the pepper and seasonings. I find with the bacon, cheese, and broth the recipe has enough salt for our liking.
This casserole can be assembled and refrigerated up to 48 hours ahead of time, keep the bread crumbs separate until you are ready to bake.
If assembled ahead of time, remove from the fridge while the oven preheats and add an additional 10 minutes cooking time.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 190, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 403mg, Potassium: 314mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 901IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword green bean casserole, Green Bean Casserole from scratch, Green Bean Casserole from scratch recipe, how to make green bean casserole from scratch
Course Casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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