Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup)

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Green Bean Casserole without the canned soup!
Great for the holidays or as a weeknight side dish.
Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup!) - perfect for the holidays or as a weeknight side dish! | Persnickety Plates

Two things before we get started with today’s recipe.
First – Thanksgiving is in three days. Holy cow. I’m very much looking forward to my favorite holiday and the 2.5 day workweek that comes with it.

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Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup!) - perfect for the holidays or as a weeknight side dish! | Persnickety Plates

Ok, on to the recipe. Green Bean Casserole is one of my favorite holiday dishes BUT I don’t love canned soup. I’ve said it before – the jigglyness creeps me out. I first made this version, that skips the canned soup, last year for Christmas, but forgot to share it with you guys. I made it for dinner this weekend with some chicken breasts and remembered I wanted to share it. If you’re having a big get-together, it’s easily doubled but this scaled down version is perfect for a regular weeknight. It comes together really quickly and makes a great side dish. Plus, there’s bacon. I hear people like bacon.
Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup!) - perfect for the holidays or as a weeknight side dish! | Persnickety Plates

Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup)

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 12 oz bag frozen green beans
  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1.5 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fried onions
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and have an 8x8 baking dish ready.
  • Chop the bacon into small pieces then add it to a medium skillet over medium high heat and cook until crisp.
  • Transfer the bacon to paper towel.
  • To the bacon drippings, add the flour while whisking. Continue whisking for 1 minute to fully cook the flour.
  • Whisk in the milk, sour cream, and cooked bacon.
  • Keep whisking until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat.
  • Add in the green beans to the mixture and stir to fully coat the beans. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, to taste.
  • Pour the green bean mixture into the 8x8 baking dish and top with the fried onions.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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Adapted from Buns In My Oven 


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  1. Carisa Smith says

    Everything is better with bacon. I like the idea of this version without the soup!

    • Melissa Williams says

      That does seem to be the consensus 😉

  2. Brandi P says

    awesome recipe! Yes, bacon is totally necessary!
    Great items for the giveaway!!!! I could surely use all of the items above!!!

  3. Sarah R. says

    Has the giveaway winner been announced?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m not the host of this one but a winner has been picked & they’re waiting on a response to verify 🙂

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