This classic Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole is the perfect holiday side dish! It’s easy to make and tastes fantastic! This recipe is for the traditional green bean casserole we all grew up with.
Campbells Green Bean Casserole
While Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole is a side dish you may expect as a holiday recipe, you can serve it any day. This easy vegetable casserole is a great side dish for any family meal.
I love that this side dish recipe only takes six ingredients. This recipe has been a holiday classic for over 60 years.
One thing you will notice that is different between the Campbell's Green Bean Casserole and the French's Green Bean Casserole is the soy sauce. You can leave the soy sauce out if you do not like the flavor, but it adds some depth to the recipe's flavors.
I read that 20 million families serve this classic green bean casserole for the holidays. It is a staple on so many family holiday tables.
The original name for Campbell's Green Bean Casserole was Green Bean Bake.
Dorcas Reilly, a woman who worked in the Campbell test kitchen in the 1950s, invented this recipe. I love that the original recipe card is in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
This classic recipe is one of our favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Soy Sauce
- Black Pepper
- Green Beans
- French's French Fried Onions
Green beans - You can use 2 cans of 14.5 oz canned green beans drained, 16 to 20 oz of frozen green beans that have been thawed, or 1.5 pounds of fresh green beans. We like to use cut cooked green beans from a can but you can use any type of green beans that you have available.
Bacon - If you want to give this a bit of a meatier flavor you can add in a couple of slices bacon to the green bean mixture.
Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup - If your family is not a fan of cream of mushroom soup you can easily switch this for the cream of chicken or other varieties.
Soy Sauce - You can omit the soy sauce if you are not a fan of it.
Milk - The heavier the milk you use the creamier your casserole will be.
French's French Fried Onions - I buy a bigger container than what I am going to need for this recipe. My husband loves to snack on these fried onions and there have been a few times I have gone to sprinkle with the remaining fried onions only to find the container a lot emptier than I planned on it being.
You can stir in ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese to make this recipe even richer and perfect for cheese lovers.
For a fun Christmas festive touch look stir in ¼ cup chopped red peppers.
If you want a bit of crunch you can add in ¼ cup of toasted almonds.
- 1.5-quart casserole dish - This is equal to a 9x9 baking dish. You can use a larger casserole dish but the green bean casserole will spread out and you may need more fried onions.
- Heat resistant potholders - A couple of years ago we had a fire scare when we didn't realize we had turned a burner on and a cloth potholder caught fire. Thankfully we walked by the kitchen and saw the smoke and were able to get it out ourselves. Since then we have only used these heat-resistant potholders.
- Kitchen spoon/Spatula
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: You can make this recipe a day or two ahead of time to save time during the holidays. Prep it to right before baking. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. Add French Fried Onions before you bake the Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole, as they’ll get soggy if left on top of the unbaked casserole.
Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and enjoy them within three days.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Southern Living does not recommend freezing green bean casserole, as its sauce may break when thawed.
How to Reheat: Here’s a fantastic guide to reheating green bean casserole using your stove, microwave, or stovetop!
You can use two cans of 14.5 oz drained green beans, 16 to 20 oz thawed frozen green beans, or 1.5 pounds of fresh green beans. We like to use cooked and cut green beans from a can, but you can use any type of green beans that you have available.
If your family is not a fan of cream of mushroom soup, you can easily switch to cream of chicken or other varieties.
Vegetarian Option: This holiday casserole recipe is 100 percent vegetarian!
Vegan Option: Vegans should use a plant-based alternative to cream of mushroom soup, milk, and French-fried onions to make this recipe vegan. Here’s why French’s Fried Onions are vegetarian but not vegan.
Alcohol-Free Option: We don’t use alcohol in this recipe, but this Green Bean Casserole recipe uses dry white wine if you’re considering a boozy take on this classic Thanksgiving side dish!
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe makes six servings. Scale it up or down to your desired yield, keeping in mind that you may need to work in batches according to your slow cooker’s capacity if you scale up!
Make It Spicy: Add a few dashes of cayenne or chipotle powder for a green bean casserole with a kick!
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 8 grams of sugar per serving. Use green beans and cream of mushroom soup with no sugar added to make it sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole
- Add or remove salt and pepper based on the flavor you enjoy.
- If you want to give this a bit of a meatier flavor, add a couple of slices of crumbled cooked bacon.
- You can omit the soy sauce if you do not like it.
- The heavier the milk you use, the creamier your casserole will be.
- Top it with shredded cheddar cheese for a fun twist on classic green bean casserole!
- I buy a larger container of French’s French Fried Onions than I will need when making this recipe. My husband loves to snack on these fried onions, and a few times, I have gone to sprinkle with the remaining fried onions only to find the container much emptier than I planned.
- I also serve extra French-fried onions in a bowl next to the green bean casserole if guests want to cover their green beans with more French-fried onion goodness.
- Nutritional information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
When to serve Campbell's Green Bean casserole
- Thanksgiving Dinner
- Family Dinner
- Easy vegetable side dish
- Favorite side dish year round
What to Serve with Green Bean Casserole
If you are making this for the holidays, check out these CrockPot Thanksgiving recipes that help save oven space.
Campbells Green Bean Casserole Recipe
- preheaet oven to 350 degrees
- Mix together Cream of Mushroom Soup, Soy Sauce, Black Pepper, Green Beans and ⅔ Cups French's French Fried Onions in an 8 inch baking dish.
- Bake green bean mix for 25 minutes, Stir green bean mix and then top with remaining French Fried Onions.
- Bake for an additional 5 minutes until French Fried Onions are golden Brown