Enjoy the best gluten-free green bean casserole, so delicious it will rival the classic Thanksgiving dish you grew up on! It’s made from scratch with no canned soup so it can easily be adapted into a dairy-free gluten-free recipe!
Best gluten-free green bean casserole with crispy onions
I know it sounds too good to be true. Is it possible to enjoy the same classic Thanksgiving side dish made without Campbells soup? Try better!
Once I learned how easy gluten-free french fried onions are to throw together, I knew my beloved dish was back. Plus, I had already developed a gluten-free condensed cream of mushroom soup for just this reason – as a homemade substitute in casseroles.
Although traditional green bean casserole has always been one of the easiest Thanksgiving vegetable dishes, this gluten-free recipe for green bean casserole can be made in advance to save time on a hectic day.
If using the homemade fried onions, prepare them up to two days ahead of time. The homemade cream of mushroom soup may be made up to three days before.
When ready to serve, simply mix together the cheese, soup, green beans, milk, and a handful of fried onions together. Sprinkle more onions on top and bake until cheesy and delicious. Enjoy a from scratch casserole without canned soup, but with a taste just like Mom’s!
Just like in my gluten-free cookbook, all the ingredients are simple, affordable, and easy to come by!
- Green Beans – Choose between canned, fresh green beans, or frozen. I recommend using the same as the classic dish you grew up on to mimic the taste.
- Gluten-Free Cream of Mushroom Soup – This recipe includes a homemade recipe, which can easily be adapted for dairy-free as well. As a shortcut, though, replace it with a can of gluten-free mushroom soup to save time.
- Gluten-Free Soy Sauce – This adds an extra layer of salty, umami flavor. My preferred brand is LaChoy or substitute liquid aminos or tamari as well.
- Milk – Helps thin out the creamy sauce. I prefer whole or 2% milk for best flavor, or replace with your preferred non-dairy milk.
- Cheese – Omit for a dairy-free recipe. I recommend sharp cheddar, but swiss, havariti, parmesan, or a combination may be used.
- Gluten-Free French Fried Onions – If you want something just as good as French’s, try the homemade recipe. To save an extra step, though, replace with store bought GF fried onions or use crushed pork rinds.
How To Make gluten-free green bean casserole
(Below shows step-by-step photos and modified instructions. For the complete recipe, along with ingredient amounts, scroll down to the recipe card.)
- If using homemade GF fried onions, fry those first. Drain on a paper towel until ready to use.
- For the homemade condensed cream of mushroom soup, melt the butter in medium-high heat pan. Add the mushrooms, cooking and stirring until they are tender and the liquid has evaporated, about 6-7 minutes.
- Add the garlic, salt, black pepper, onion powder to the mixture and saute for 30 seconds longer.
- Whisk together chicken broth with cornstarch. Add to the mushrooms and simmer until thick, about 1 minute.
- Stir in ½ cup milk and cook, stirring continuously for one minute longer. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine 1 ¼ cup condensed mushroom soup (save the remaining bit to add milk to for a future lunch!), cheese, milk, soy sauce, seasoned salt, pepper, and ½ cup fried onions. Gently stir to combine.
- Spread green bean mixture in a 2 quart casserole dish (11X7, 9X9, or 8X8 dish will work). Add the remaining fried onions on top.
- Bake in a 350ºF preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown, bubbly and hot throughout. Serve immediately.
gluten-free fried onion topping
While the traditional French’s Onions are not gluten-free, you can easily make crispy gluten-free onions just as good as the originals!
These can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and stored at room temperature in an airtight container. If they need they became less crisp during storage, heat on a dry baking sheet in a 350ºF oven until crisp.
Alternatively, store-bought gluten-free versions may also be used. These aren’t commonly stocked year round, but around Thanksgiving and Christmas Aldi, Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts do carry them.
Or, substitute the fried onions with gluten-free breadcrumbs, almonds, potato chips, or crushed pork rinds, which also happen to be naturally gluten free.
gluten-free cream of mushroom soup
While there are some retail gluten-free mushroom soup brands, such as Progresso, Walmart, Pacific Foods, and Amy’s, making your own condensed, homemade recipe takes minimal effort and yields better results.
Finding a condensed, ready-made mushroom soup is harder to come by and using dump and heat versions adversely affects the recipe. The contents are thinner and not as flavorful.
If you do use a store-bought brand in place of homemade, use a 10 ounce can and read the labels carefully. I recommend holding off adding extra milk to the recipe. Stir everything together and add milk if the green bean mixture needs to be thinner.
substituting store-bought soup
You may buy gluten-free cream of mushroom soup instead of making it from scratch, but it may adversely affect the taste and consistency. Finding a condensed, ready-made mushroom soup is hard to come by. The dump and heat versions are thinner and not as concentrated with flavor.
If you do use a store-bought brand in place of homemade, I recommend holding off adding any extra milk to the recipe. Stir everything together and add milk if the green bean mixture needs to be thinner.
If making this recipe completely from scratch, with no canned soup, the components may be prepared ahead of time.
Homemade GF french fried onions may be prepared up to 2 days in advance and stored at room temperature in an airtight container. If they need they became less crisp during storage, heat on a dry baking sheet in a 350ºF oven until crisp.
Make the mushroom soup up to three days ahead of time and refrigerate in an airtight container. Remember, you will only need 1 ¼ cups of it, and the remaining makes the perfect portion for lunch.
When ready to serve, briefly warm the soup so it’s stirrable. It does not have to be hot, just warmed slightly. Mix the condensed soup, milk, cheese, seasonings, fried onions, and green beans together and transfer to a baking dish. Top with the remaining onions and bake for 40 minutes, or until heated through.
Can I make this recipe dairy free?
Yes. The beauty of this recipe is it can easily be adapted for dairy-free as well. Make the mushroom soup using non-dairy milk and vegan butter.
If using the homemade french fried onions, these may also be prepared using a non-dairy milk in place of the buttermilk.
When mixing together the casserole, replace the milk with a dairy-free version and omit the cheddar cheese. It only takes a few simple substitutions to enjoy a gluten-free dairy-free green bean casserole recipe!
storing / reheating tips
If you have leftovers, be sure the casserole has cooled completely before storing. Transfer to an airtight storage container and refrigerate up to three days.
Reheat serving-size portions in the microwave at 50% until almost heated through, gently stirring occasionally. Finish by heating at full power until hot.
Best green beans to use
This is a matter of preference. For frozen or fresh beans, use one pound cooked until just crisp tender. If using canned green beans, you will need two cans, drained.
If you would rather not enjoy a cheesy green bean casserole, simply omit the cheese. You do not need to make any other adjustments to the recipe.
But if you do love yourself a green bean casserole with cheese, sharp cheddar may be replaced with parmesan, havarti, swiss, or a combination.
size of baking dish
This recipe is baked in a 2 quart baking dish, which works for an 8X8, 9X9, or 11X7 inch dish. If you would like to double the recipe, spread the casserole in a 9X13 dish and bake for 5-10 minutes longer.
More gluten-free thanksgiving Recipes
- Gluten-Free Corn Casserole
- Cranberry Jello Salad
- Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole
- Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail
- Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing
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Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole (Like Mom’s!)
Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
- 1 recipe gluten-free french fried onions, divided (or 1 ½ cups canned GF fried onions)
- 1 pound fresh or frozen green beans, (or 3 cans, drained)
- 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, optional
- ½ cup milk (see recipe notes for dairy-free)
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free soy sauce (read label)
- ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, cooking and stirring until they are soft and the liquid has evaporated, about 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder and saute for 30 seconds longer.3 tablespoons unsalted butter,8 ounce white button mushrooms,,2 cloves garlic,,½ teaspoon salt,⅛ teaspoon pepper,½ teaspoon onion powder
- Whisk together chicken broth with the cornstarch. Add to the mushrooms and cook, stirring continuously until very thick, about 1 minute.1 cup chicken broth,,4 tablespoons cornstarch
- Stir in ½ cup milk and cook and stir one minute longer. Set aside until ready to mix in casserole.½ cup milk
Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
- If the french fried onions have not been prepared yet, complete this step first. Set aside until ready to use.1 recipe gluten-free french fried onions,
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. If using fresh or frozen green beans, cook until just crisp tender. Drain and set aside.1 pound fresh or frozen green beans,
- In a large bowl mix together the condensed mushroom soup, green beans, optional cheese, ½ cup milk, ½ cup fried onions, soy sauce, seasoned salt, and pepper. Stir gently to combine.1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese,,½ cup milk,1 teaspoon gluten-free soy sauce,¼ teaspoon seasoned salt,⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
- Spread the green bean mixture in a 2 quart baking dish. Add the remaining fried onions on top. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and bubbly throughout.
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dairy-free adaptationsMake the mushroom soup using non-dairy milk and vegan butter. If using the homemade french fried onions, these may also be prepared using a non-dairy milk. When mixing together the casserole, replace the milk with a dairy-free version and omit the cheddar cheese.
storing / reheating tipsIf you have leftovers, be sure the casserole has cooled completely before storing. Transfer to an airtight storage container and refrigerate up to three days. Reheat serving-size portions in the microwave at 50% until almost heated through, gently stirring occasionally. Finish by heating at full power until hot.
Using Store-Bought Gluten-Free SoupYou may use it, but it may adversely affect the taste and consistency. Finding a condensed, ready-made mushroom soup is hard to come by. The dump and heat versions are thinner and not as concentrated with flavor. For a canned soup, I recommend holding off adding any extra milk to the recipe.Stir everything together and add milk if the green bean mixture needs to be thinner.
Gluten-Free Fried Onions Substitutions
- Gluten-free breadcrumbs
- Sliced almonds
- Crushed potato chips
- Crushed pork rinds
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