Skillet Green Bean Casserole

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Who doesn’t love classic green bean casserole with its creamy veggies and crunchy onion topping! The traditional version of this casserole uses cream of mushroom soup and French fried onions but there is another way to make this dish we have all come to know and love and that is from Scratch! The buttery rich creamy white sauce, sweet onions and salty bacon is guaranteed to push that old “canned” formula aside. It is comforting, rich and loaded with flavor. A must for the upcoming holidays!

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I can’t say the entire dish is from scratch because I would be lying. I think its necessary to take baby steps when going from a canned cream of mushroom centered dish to a real authentic roux centered dish so in light of that switch I opted to use canned green beans. It saved me time this particular day and I am sure it would say you time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day but by all means use the time if you have it and go with the real beans. It will make a load of difference but one that is most likely to be masked by the outstanding roux flavor and texture everyone is in awe over. I did my onions a little different this time around as well. I enjoy the crispy onion texture on top but in the dish itself with every bite of green bean I want a subtle bacon and onion flavor not an overpowering one. So in order to make this happen I lightly dusted my diced onions with a mixture of flour, salt and pepper and then quickly panned-fried them in some oil and leftover bacon grease that I would then use to make the roux. It is like a dream come true. The onions were slightly crispy but still gentle and soft inside and it brought a different type of texture to the dish- more of a chewy onion texture instead of a crunchy one that you find on the top of the casserole. Best part of all- EVERYTHING WAS DONE IN THE SAME PAN! THE SAME PAN! I know I just made your day:)


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Skillet Green Bean Casserole
  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter
  • -1/2 large onion, chopped
  • -1/4 cup plus 4 TBSP Flour
  • -1/2 cup heavy cream
  • -3/4 cup chicken stock
  • -1 tsp salt and pepper each
  • -1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • -2 tsp minced garlic
  • -Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • -2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • -6-7 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
  • -2 28 oz cans of green beans, drained
  • -1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • -1/2 cup crispy fried onions
  1. Stir 4 TBSP of flour with ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Toss with the chopped onions. Heat 3 TBSP of oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium to high heat. Pan-fry the onions for 5-7 minutes, stirring every so often to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once they have a nice golden brown layer then remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in the same skillet. Stir in the ¼ cup of flour and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the cream.
  3. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring often, approximately 6 to 8 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients including the cooked onions and chopped bacon leaving the green beans for last. Stir to combine and cover. Cook on medium low for 15-20 minutes. Top with extra layer of crispy onions and the pecans.



  1. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    I still use the canned soup and french fried onions from the can – my family would disown me if I didn’t! But this sounds pretty amazing – love the addition of a little heat and pecans – Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I’d like your non-soup version so much better. Perfect for Thanksgiving.

  3. Erica

    YUM! So…I don’t like green bean casserole…mostly because I hate condensed soup (especially mushroom). I love your version.

  4. Bonnie

    Oh my! This does look delicious. We are going to friends for dinner or I’d put this on our table. Maybe for a post-Thanksgiving meal.

    Have a wonderful day.


  5. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    A very refreshing version of the old soup version. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    This is duties for Thursday is a green bean casserole!! This is it! 🙂

  7. sue/the view from great island

    I know better than to blog hop before dinner, I want to devour that whole casserole !!

  8. Velva

    I am not a big fan of the traditional green bean casserole…just too much processed ingredients. I like your version, a fresher more from “scratch” approach to a classic Thanksgiving dish.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


    P.S. Thank you for the kind Birthday wishes.

  9. Sues

    Green bean casserole isn’t a tradition at my house, but this looks pretty delicious!

  10. Mandy

    I bet I could even get my hubby to enjoy green beans like this.
    Have a wonderful day Belle.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  11. kitchen flavours

    This looks delicious!

  12. 2 Sisters Recipes

    This looks delicious! We love skillet dishes like this one, and love the crunchy fried onions and pecans on top! YUM! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Jessica!
    xoxo Anna and Liz

  13. Linda @ Roti n Rice

    That looks super delicious. Making it from scratch is the way to go. Wishing you and your family a Blessed Thanksgiving!

  14. Liz

    Oh, yeah! This is a terrific holiday side dish option without all the sodium from canned soup! Well done. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  15. Mary Frances

    This looks fantastic! I love the addition of pecans!

  16. Balvinder

    That looks delish! I think putting cajun spices in it and pecans on top make it more interesting!

  17. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    That’s a side dish with a hint of hero in it. Love it.

  18. Joanne

    I hate all those “cream ofs” so this is music to my ears!

  19. lena

    hi jessica, this is something new to me and i’n glad you posted this. This must be so flavourful too. happy thanksgiving to you !

  20. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love the addition of pecans, Jess. It must be very tasty.

  21. Roz

    What a breath of fresh culinary air to have a traditional favorite side dish without all of the cream of processed foods! I stopped serving the canned variety years ago since my healthy-oriented kids refused to eat it. This is getting pinned, Jessica!
    Hope your Thanksgiving was full of blessings!

  22. nancy at good food matters

    I love that you’ve added pecans to this! the old green bean casserole standby needs to step aside.

  23. V

    This sounds delicious. Green bean casserole is my sister, N’s, favorite Thanksgiving dish. But, this is such an easy recipe it could be made any night of the week. Great recipe!

  24. K / Pure & Complex

    I don’t know why I have to remind myself to never come to your blog hungry, but I did again and now I want green bean casserole right now lol. Wonderful dish

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