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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

A Cheesy Green Bean Casserole made from fresh green beans with sautéed mushrooms and a crunchy fried onion topping. This is a must make recipe for the holidays or any large family gathering. With a cup and a half of shredded cheddar, it is supremely cheesy.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole in a casserole dish.

I am in love with casseroles all year long but especially in the fall. There are so many reasons to love casseroles. They can be made ahead of time, feed a crowd, and leftovers reheat well.

Green Bean Casserole is always a family a favorite. Except with my son who always says I should have made broccoli casserole instead.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole in a casserole dish.

Sometimes I make Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole to free up oven space, but this recipe is probably my favorite green bean casserole recipe.

UPDATE: I have a new favorite Green Beand Casserole- Cream Cheese Bacon Green Bean Casserole.

The cup and a half of shredded cheddar cheese gives it a richer and more comforting flavor. The only problem with Cheesy Green Bean Casserole is it is so good you won’t want to eat anything else with it and it’s supposed to be a side, not the main dish. I’m thinking about making it next time with just a little shredded chicken added in so I can call it a main dish casserole.

Can I Make This Casserole With Canned Green Beans

Many of you have asked if you can make this casserole with canned green beans. Yes, you can. Although I prefer it with fresh, you can make it with either canned or frozen. If using canned, 3 cans should be enough. You will not need the chicken broth.


For extra flavor try adding a little cooked and crumbled bacon.

What To Do With Leftover Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

If you have leftovers, you need to try thse Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Mushrooms. They are so much fun!

Spoon scooping up casserole.

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See How To Make Cheesy Green Bean Casserole in the Video Below.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

A Cheesy Green Bean Casserole made with fresh green beans, mushrooms, and a thick layer of french-fried onions will be the hit of your holiday meal.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 4 cups of green beans, ends trimmed and long ones cut in half
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (4-ounce) package white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (6-ounce) can French-fried onions, divided


  • Place green beans and chicken broth in a medium saucepan. Add just enough water to cover green beans. Bring to a boil and simmer 10-12 minutes. Drain.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet. Add mushrooms and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • In a large bowl, mix together mushrooms, green beans, condensed mushroom soup, milk, cheddar, 1/2 cup of the French-fried onions, and soy sauce, and pepper.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish, Top with remaining onions.
  • Place in oven for 25-30 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown.


Can be assembled a day in advance. Wait until just before baking to add the onion topping.
Canned green beans can be used instead of fresh. You will not need the chicken broth.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 928IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 1mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Casserole, Thanksgiving

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Originally posted October 2, 2014

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53 thoughts on “Cheesy Green Bean Casserole”

  1. This is the BEST green bean casserole!!! I made it for Thanksgiving and my family loved it so much, I’m making it today for Christmas. Thanks!!!!

  2. I made this tonite and it was so good . I am definitely making this for Thankgiving. It was so much better and more flavor than the traditional green bean casserole on the can.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Tonya. I think it’s better than the traditional green bean casserole too. Hope everyone enjoys it for Thanksgiving!

    1. Wondering the same! In charge of cooking thanksgiving dinner this year and trying to do as much in advance as possible. Thanks!

  3. This recipe is delicious! I added a sautéed yellow onion onion and one cup of shredded pepper jack cheese (along with one cup of cheddar.)

    My family went NUTS over it!! It has been added to the official Thanksgiving menu.

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I have used green beans in a casserole before.. definitely something that I need to try. This looks delicious!

  5. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    I am pinning this to my Thanksgiving board ASAP because green bean casserole is one of my FAVES and I love how cheesy yours is! It would be such a huge crowd pleaser for sure. 😀

  6. Green bean casserole is one of my favorite holiday dishes — it has to happen or it’s not the same! This has me wanting to make some now…no waiting till Thanksgiving!

  7. Yay! Have so much fun at the conference! Emma always freaks out when I leave – makes me feel so bad!

    And this looks wonderful – it’s making me even more ready for the holidays 🙂

  8. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Ahhh, this gets me excited for Thanksgiving!! I love the cheddar cheese in this!! We have never added that, but it sounds amazing!

  9. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Green bean casserole is an absolute must around here when it starts getting cooler. I love LOVE how cozy and cheesy this looks! Pinned. 🙂
    And have an awesome time at the conference! Take lots of pics!

  10. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    If some version of this casserole didn’t show up at Thanksgiving and Xmas I think there would be a family mutiny. The addition of the cheese would fly well with my family. Hey the Southern Bite Blog conference sounds like a lot of fun. I hear you about your dog. I have two rescue dogs and I don’t like leaving them either.

  11. Meggan | Culinary Hill

    I wasn’t sure Green Bean Casserole could be improved, but hey! Look at that! Add cheese. 🙂 Looks delicious, sounds incredible, and it might very well have a spot on our table this Thanksgiving! I’ll be heading back to Wisconsin, after all, and those folks are always up for trying a recipe with the addition of cheese!

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