Green Bean Casserole is a must-have at any holiday meal, and this scaled down version makes the perfect amount for a hungry couple. Made from scratch, just like the original recipe; every forkful is so good you might wish you had more.

Green bean casserole in a baking dish.

Years ago, I made some simple changes to the Midwestern green bean casserole. I got rid of anything canned, except for the onions, because those are unbeatable, and opted for the freshest green beans at the store.

Instead of a can of soup, I made my own mushroom cream sauce; I was amazed at how easy it was, and what a huge difference it made to the dish. Everyone was so thrilled, I’ve been making it that way ever since.

Recipe ingredients:

Labeled ingredients for green bean casserole.

Ingredient notes:

  • Mushrooms: This recipe gets a major upgrade by making your own cream of mushroom soup. It tastes way better than the store-bought cans and is ready in minutes.
  • Chicken broth: Homemade or canned. You only need a small amount.
  • Green beans: Using 8 ounces of frozen green beans is easiest, but substitute 8 ounces blanched fresh green beans for the ultimate Green Bean Casserole.
  • Canned fried onions: Sold in a cardboard canister at the store; they’re crucial for this recipe for texture and flavor.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Adjust an oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter and melt until foaming subsides. Add mushrooms, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook until the mushrooms have released most of their liquid, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour and cook for one minute. Whisk in broth, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Whisk in cream and simmer until the sauce has thickened and reduced to 1 cup, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the beans in the microwave according to the package instructions (or microwave on HIGH power for 4 to 5 minutes; let stand 1 minute before removing from the microwave). Transfer to a colander and drain well. Add the green beans to the pot with the mushroom sauce and toss until evenly coated. Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with topping.
  4. Bake until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling around the edges, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Baking dish: Use something small and oven-friendly that will hold the beans and sauce: a small cast-iron skillet, a shallow gratin dish, or your smallest ceramic baker.
  • Storage: Serve hot, then refrigerate the rest.
  • Leftovers: A recipe this small might not have them, but they reheat beautifully if you do.
  • Make ahead: Assemble the green bean casserole (keep the topping separate) up to 24 hours before you need it. Let it cool, wrap it in plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator unbaked. When ready to bake, warm in a 425-degree oven for 10 minutes.

Green bean casserole in a baking dish.

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Green bean casserole in a baking dish.

Green Bean Casserole for Two

Green Bean Casserole is a must-have at any holiday meal, and this scaled down version makes the perfect amount for a hungry couple. Made from scratch, just like the original recipe; every forkful is so good you might wish you had more.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 2 servings
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 374

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter softened, divided
  • 4 ounces white button mushrooms wiped clean and sliced or broken into pieces (see note 1)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces frozen green beans (see note 2)
  • 3/4 cups canned fried onions (about 1-½ ounces, see note 3)

Instructions 

  • Adjust an oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter and melt until foaming subsides. Add mushrooms, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook until the mushrooms have released most of their liquid, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in flour and cook for one minute. Whisk in broth, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Whisk in cream and simmer until the sauce has thickened and reduced to 1 cup, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, cook the beans in the microwave according to the package instructions (or microwave on HIGH power for 4 to 5 minutes; let stand 1 minute before removing from the microwave). Transfer to a colander and drain well.
  • Add the green beans to the pot with the mushroom sauce and toss until evenly coated. Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with topping.
  • Bake until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling around the edges, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Notes

  1. Mushrooms: Use fresh mushrooms to make a quick from-scratch cream of mushroom sauce.
  2. Frozen green beans: To substitute fresh beans, trim and chop 8 ounces of green beans. Blanch the beans in 2 quarts of boiling salted water for about 5 minutes, then drain well and plunge immediately in to an ice bath to stop the cooking.
  3. Fried onions: To substitute bread crumbs for the canned fried onions, pulse 1 slice hearty white bread (torn into pieces) in a food processor or blender. You will have about ¾ cups of crumbs. Stir in 1 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil and fry in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned. Sprinkle over the casserole just before serving.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes enough for 2 generous servings.
  5. Baking dish: Use something small and oven-friendly that will hold the beans and sauce: a small cast-iron skillet, a shallow gratin dish, or a small ceramic baker.
  6. Make the beans and sauce ahead: The beans may be cooked in advance, cooled, and stirred into the cooled mushroom sauce. Transfer to the baking dish, cover, and refrigerate up to 24 hours in advance. Heat the casserole for 10 minutes in a 425-degree oven before adding the topping, then bake as directed. 
  7. Storage: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  8. Slow cooker green bean casserole: Follow the recipe through Step 6, but instead of using a baking dish, transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 to 2 hours or LOW for 3 to 4 hours. Top with fried onions immediately before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 436mgPotassium: 241mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 959IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Thank you for publishing this recipe! Even though I am highly allergic to mushrooms and had to sub those out. I made everything else pretty much the same for Thanksgiving. It was awesome!
    I am making this again for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner, where it will be 3 of us. My hubs, and one of our best friends. I will increase the gravy and beans a little bit since I will have one more person for Christmas, and I had a lil leftover bacon from some BLT’s this week to add to the cream. I’m figuring on 2 tbsp flour, 2 tbsp butter for 3/4 cup broth and 3/4 cup of cream. Oh, and since making it tonight, will not precook the beans, just letting them thaw out in the strainer, then will combine the sauce with them. That is the reason for more sauce, so it will even out in the oven tomorrow.
    I would love to see more of your meals for two!
    Thank you again!5 stars