This Green Bean Casserole with No Mushrooms is a must-make side dish perfect for easy weeknight meals, Sunday family dinners, and holidays!
This is an out-of-this-world homemade green bean casserole made with green beans, cheese, bacon, garlic, onions, and more!
Say goodbye to the creamy soup-based casserole and say hello to fresh and homemade. It’s so good, you won’t make it any other way!
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Green Bean Casserole with No Mushrooms
This recipe was inspired by my brother’s desperate plea for a green bean casserole WITHOUT mushrooms!
Being the loving brother I am, I obliged. Not a single mushroom of any kind made it into this recipe. No cream of mushroom soup, no mushroom powder, no mushrooms of ANY kind.
Please note, I’ll accept my award for best brother at any time.
While I personally enjoy mushrooms, if you also have a loved one that emphatically hates them then this recipe will save the day.
Bursting with flavor and that perfectly crispy top layer. Everyone will marvel at this delicious, mushroom-free, green bean casserole.
Tender greens, crispy fried onions, and a creamy center, this green bean casserole will have your mouth watering at first sight.
Ingredients needed for Green Bean Casserole with No Mushrooms
- 36 oz Green Beans (Frozen) snipped, thin cut
- 4 tbsp Butter
- ¼ cup Flour
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- ¾ cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
- ¼ cup Cooked Bacon, Chopped
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- ½ tsp Granulated Garlic
- 1 tsp Beef Base
- 2 tsp Dry Minced Onions
- 1 cup Crispy Fried Onions
How to Make Green Bean Casserole with No Mushrooms
Prepare Green Beans. Completely thaw green beans then pat dry with a paper towel.
Note: If you’re using fresh green beans blanch first in boiling water for 3-4 minutes then shock in an ice bath to cool to room temperature then set aside.
Mix Sauce. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter then whisk in flour and cook for about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and stir until thickened. Add in salt, pepper, garlic, and beef base.
Fold in Green Beans. Cook for about 1 minute then fold in green beans, cheddar cheese, and ½ of the bacon. Cook for about 4 minutes until the green beans are warm.
Preheat Oven and Bake. Set the oven to 350°F. Then transfer the green bean mixture to a casserole dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with remaining chopped bacon and crispy fried onions before serving.
Casserole Tips and Tricks
Skipping the stovetop: cooking fresh ingredients on the stovetop before adding them to the casserole improves both taste and texture. It can also help flavors blend and mix.
Topping is not crispy: Ensure your casserole is thick enough, not watery. If needed, add a little flour or cornstarch to the casserole to thicken it up.
Green beans are mushy: If you have the time, it is typically best to use fresh-cut green beans because they hold their shape and texture better than frozen ones. First, roast, steam, or boil them until they are tender/crisp. Then, add them to the recipe.
Can you freeze a green bean casserole?
Definitely! Use plastic wrap to cover the oven-safe pan, then wrap the whole thing tightly in foil. It will keep for about 6 months.
Can you refrigerate a green bean casserole?
For sure! Have the dish cool to room temp and cover tightly with foil. Or transfer the green bean casserole into an airtight container. Store for up to 3 days.
How to reheat a green bean casserole
Let it sit on the counter for about 30 mins. Then, reheat using the same cooking directions as the original recipe. I.e. Bake in the oven for 20mins at 350°F.
What to pair with a green bean casserole?
Chicken or turkey are both light but delicious options. They can be added directly into the casserole or simply served alongside. You can also try some other crowd favorites like mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and/or Mac n Cheese.
What other toppings can you use on a green bean casserole?
Looking for some different flavor accents try cajun seasoning, old bay seasoning, jalapenos, more cheese, panko, bacon, bacon bits, small sausage bites, or crushed red pepper flakes.
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Green Bean Casserole NO MUSHROOMS!!
- casserole dish (oven-safe)
- Completely thaw green beans then pat dry with paper towel. If using fresh green beans blanch in boiling water for 3-4 minutes then shock in an ice bath to cool to room temperature then set aside
- In a large skillet over medium heat melt butter then whisk in flour and cook for about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and stir until thickened. Add in salt, pepper, garlic, and beef base. Cook for about 1 minute then fold in green beans, cheddar cheese, and ½ of the bacon. cook for about 4 minutes until green beans are warm.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. then transfer the green bean mixture to a casserole dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with remaining chopped bacon and crispy fried onions before serving.