Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

Are you looking for a vegetable for Thanksgiving to offset your turkey? Why not cook a green bean casserole from scratch!It is fun and easy to make.Ready to start!

The following ingredients will be needed:

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans washed, ends trimmed
  • 2 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 7 white mushrooms washed and sliced
  • 2 slices of bacon chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup French fried onions


  • Cut all beans in half and cook in boiling water until tender.Drain and set aside.
  • Butter a 2 qt. baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, sauté bacon until crispy.
  • Add butter, onion and mushrooms and cook until soft.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together milk and cornstarch.
  • Add the milk to the saucepan, half of a cup at a time and whisk until it thickens.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour the mixture over the green beans. Toss gently to coat.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.You can cover the dish with saran wrap and refrigerate overnight or bake right away.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Top with French fried onions and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Let set in room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

This dish serves 5 people and has 169 calories.

Do you know the health benefits of Green Beans?

We have many different names for green beans, such as snap beans, string beans, French style green beans, and cut green beans. Did you know that they give back to the soils and are healthy for your body? They are sometimes called the kidney-shaped bean. They no longer have the string pulled from the side as before.

Green beans provide many nutrients such as vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin K and silicon health for your skin, bones, and nails. Green beans are very easy to grow because of the nitrogen from the air that flows through the bean roots. The decomposition of the nitrogen liberates the soil for the upcoming year planting and harvesting. Energy is stored in the seed of the green bean. Most times, green beans do not require fertilizer because there is enough food to help the green beans grow until the leaves starts to appear. A green bean at its peak of growing and ready for harvesting should be a little vivid in color with a very firm texture and makes a popping sound when broken in half. The green bean freezes very well and can be frenched style, cut whole or cut in half. Green beans can be used in a variety of different ways such as salads, casseroles, sauteed in olive oil and garlic, tossed in a salad with walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds. Green beans are my favorite when they are cut in half and steamed with a little butter and seasoning.Green beans are a perfect dish for the holidays, at any time of the year.

11/18/2020 8:25:03 PM
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