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“Not Quite Grandma’s” Green Bean Casserole



This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.

My grandmother was an amazing cook. I remember going to her house on holidays and having the most amazing meals. I have no idea how much time she spent preparing them, but I remember eating them. One holiday was always more special than the others, especially for the food, can you guess which one I’m talking about? If you guessed Halloween, you would be totally wrong. But if you guessed July 4th, you would still be totally wrong. If you guessed Thanksgiving however, then you would be right. Thanksgiving was absolutely amazing. My dad and uncle would go hunting in the morning and then my aunt and uncle and their six kids, would join my family at my grandma and grandpa’s house for an over the top feast. Every amazing Thanksgiving dish you can think of was there: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn bread, pâté (just kidding), cranberries, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, ambrosia salad, Waldorf salad. You name it. The only downside? There were no leftovers. And I don’t mean in the “A Christmas Story” sense because the neighbor dogs got in and destroyed the turkey. I mean because we had such a large crew that there was just never any food left. So there was no turkey soup, or turkey sandwiches, or any of the other things that turkey gets turned into post-Thanksgiving.

The other downside? To this day no one knows how my grandma did most of it. You see, she didn’t use recipes. For anything. So we have had to try and recreate all the recipes she used. From scratch. Not so easy when you have a bunch of not quite as talented chefs.

For us the hardest one to reproduce was her green bean casserole. I don’t know what her secret ingredient was, but it made her casserole amazing. To this day we still aren’t sure what it was and so we have finally given up. Apparently that is something she decided to take to her grave.

Since we can’t recreate it, we decided to spice it up, so this year we are trying a variation to see what we like and don’t like. After several attempts we found a version we like. So here we have “Not Quite Grandma’s” Green Bean Casserole.

Now, in case you didn’t know (I didn’t know), here is the original green bean casserole recipe.


  • 2 cans (10.5 oz. each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 cans (14.5 oz. each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
  • 2 2/3 cups French’s® Crispy Fried Onions


1) Stir soup, milk, black pepper, beans and 1-1/3 cups onions in 3-qt. casserole.

2) Bake at 350°F, uncovered, for 25 min. or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.

3) Bake for 5 min. or until onions are golden brown.

Green Bean Casserole Stages

To be honest I don’t think anyone in my family ever knew there was an original recipe. Oh well, we mixed it up a bit. How did we do that? Well, we are fans of mushrooms and onions in my family so we took half of a medium Vidalia onion, diced it up and about 15 mushrooms sliced and diced. We sautéed them in a pan with a little butter and then mixed them in with the other ingredients. And then because everything goes better with cheese, we added 1 1/2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese. It was yummy. At least I think it was, because everyone’s mouth was busy doing something other than talking. Coming soon, not only did we change what goes in in, we change how it’s served. Keep an eye out.

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Yields 12

“Not Quite Grandma’s” Green Bean Casserole

20 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cans (10.5 oz. each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 cans (14.5 oz. each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
  • 2 2/3 cups French’s® Crispy Fried Onions
  • 1/2 medium Vidalia onion, diced
  • 15 mushrooms, sliced and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Sauté mushrooms and onions in a pan with a little butter.
  2. Stir soup, milk, black pepper, green beans, sharp, cheddar cheese, and 1-1/3 cups onions in 3-qt. casserole.
  3. Add sautéed mushrooms and onions to mixture.
  4. Bake at 350°F, uncovered, for 25 min. or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining onions.
  6. Bake for 5 min. or until onions are golden brown.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Walmart and a campaign with Sverve. Regardless, all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

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Heather Pfingsten

A wife, mother and blogger, Heather graduated, high honors, with a degree in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. Her primary areas of focus are organizational communication, marketing and public relations.

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  1. Jennifer Bree Peters November 8, 2015
    Some of my family loves the old fashion green bean casserole. I am going to try this to see if I can make the others love green bean casserole.
  2. warhol cow November 6, 2015
    This will be perfect for a Friendsgiving I am going to! Darlene
  3. Anita Duvall November 6, 2015
    This is exactly how I make mine, except I add in a little fresh garlic to the saute'.
  4. SandyC November 6, 2015
    I always used to make such a "blah" type of grren bean casserole, it's no wonder that hardly anyone ate it. But THIS one will be a smash hit. The Vidalia Onions (my fave!) and the mushrooms are really going to give it that great taste. And as for the cheddar chese, everything goes better with cheese! Can't wait to make this, why save it for the holidays?
  5. desithebonde November 5, 2015
    i rembemer that we used bread cumbs we make up the kight before she make garlic on and then regular we had over 100 to thankgsiving and then the rest of the family would bring plate of good food we cook up to 3 turkery and ham duck and then roast it took up to e 3 day to make pies
  6. Tim November 5, 2015
  7. whitney November 3, 2015
    I'm not a big fan of green beans but this sounds delicious!! A must try.
  8. TrishFr November 3, 2015
    This looks and sounds delicious. I've never had the green bean casserole with cheese in it. I bet it added a nice zing to it. Thanks for sharing!
  9. Starla November 3, 2015
    Your grandmother sounds like she was such an amazing woman and cook. Funny, because since I was a little girl green bean casserole has always been a favorite of mine. I think the crunch onions pictured above makes it! Yum! Yours looks just like my mama's - perfect!
  10. Alex F November 3, 2015
    I love green bean casserole!! Always make it for thanksgiving, I think I will give this little spin on it a try it does look like something my family would enjoy.
  11. Molli Vandehey November 3, 2015
    ive actually been looking for recipes of things to make wih canned food! thanks
  12. Denise Do November 3, 2015
    so easy and so good to make!
  13. Donna B November 2, 2015
    I love green bean casserole and this sounds delicious, thanks for the recipe!
  14. denise low November 2, 2015
    Thanks for the recipe. The Holidays are coming. so I may try this one.
  15. Linda Manns Linneman November 2, 2015
    I just love green be san casserole. Thank you for sharing this great recipe
  16. Amber Ludwig November 2, 2015
    Yum!! This is my favorite dish!! I like your version better though :) Trying this out asap!! I liked that you add cheddar and the diced onions and mushrooms!! Bet it has way more flavor!
  17. mary gallardo November 2, 2015
    I don't usually like green bean casserole, but this looks amazing! I think it is the crispy fried onions! They make everything delicious!
  18. lisa November 2, 2015
    I love green bean casserole. I've only had it once, but it's a tasty side dish.
  19. M.Clark November 1, 2015
    Yum! This looks delicious and I love that this is so easy to make. I'm looking forward to giving this a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
  20. Shannon November 1, 2015
    Okay wow that sounds amazing and I didn't think this could get any better.

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