Recipe: Homestyle Green Bean Casserole


Hello everyone,

 It’s 6:30pm on a weeknight. You got stuck at work, and then in traffic. You’re tired, you’re hungry, but not to worry—dinner is already done! Casserole is a perfect goto meal for busy weeknights. You can make it in advance and simply reheat and serve on the spot.

Growing up, I know that green bean casserole was a popular staple at family get together and holiday events. However, I just couldn’t get excited about the dish. It’s soggy. I don’t like mushrooms. The list goes on.

I finally decided to give traditional green bean casserole a vegan twist, using vegetable broth and nutritional yeast instead of cream of mushroom soup! Check out the step by step pictures below.

What’s your favorite weeknight recipe?



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Homestyle Green Bean Casserole

Prep Time: ~10 minutes; Cook Time: 25 minutes

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Ingredients/ Shopping List:

  • ½ stick Earth Balance
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ plain, unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tbsp soy/ tamari sauce
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 14.5-oz. cans green beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup or more fried onions


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Chop a sweet onion into 2-3 in’ slices and finely mince the garlic.
  • In a small saucepan, sauté 3 cloves of garlic over low heat until just golden brown.
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt half the Earth Balance over low heat.
    • Sauté the onion until almost caramelized with a nice brown color. About 4 minutes.
    • Set the onions aside in a bowl.
  • In the same sauce pan, add the minced garlic, soy milk, vegetable broth, soy sauce and spices.
    • Whisk the ingredients over low heat.
    • Add the nutritional yeast and continue stirring for 1-2 minutes.
    • Slowly add the flour until the mixture thickens almost like a roux.
  • Place the green beans into an 8 x 8 casserole dish.
  • Pour the sauce over the green beans.
    • Top with the caramelized onions.
    • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Top with the fried onions and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast.
  • Bake for another 5 minutes until browned.
  • Enjoy!


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25 thoughts on “Recipe: Homestyle Green Bean Casserole

  1. I make this every year for Thanksgiving and it’s always one of the first things to go! It’s sooooo good.

  2. We do love our green bean casserole and we love the cream of mushroom soup and ours isn’t soupy at all but very crisp and delicious. For the vegan eaters out there your version would work great.

  3. I am wondering how that Tamari sauce would effect the recipe. I always found Green Bean Casserole difficult. This was not because I found it hard or hated the ingredients. I just found it difficult because it was a recipe for three separate things I loved that when put together I just did not like. I don’t know why. I should love it but I don’t. I just haven’t seen that sauce in the recipe before and wonder how it affects the taste. I am always up for trying other ways to make me like the dish.

    1. David, I understand! I’ve always disliked mushroom flavor/ texture, so I’ve opted to use a different liquid for the base. This gives a much more pleasing flavor, but you do have to add in other ingredients to get the creamy texture this casserole is known for!

  4. I’ve never tried making a casserole before, but this recipe looks like a good one. I’ll have to give it a try one of these days.

  5. My youngest daughter is eating a vegan diet. I need to make this for her. It has a lot of the things she already uses in her meals, nutritional yeast, olive oil, and soy milk. Although she prefers almond milk, could I substitute.

  6. This is a nice twist on the usual green bean casserole. I have never thought of making a vegan version.

  7. Oh yum! I love green bean casserole. This one looks like a great recipe too. I used to have a recipe that used sour cream in it. I wish I could find it!

  8. This sounds great – I love that it’s made without cream soup – who knows what’s in that stuff?!

  9. Yum! This looks and sounds really good. I bet my family would enjoy this recipe more than the one we have been making.

  10. This sounds absolutely amazing! We make something similar at our house and my kiddos gobble it up. I am going to have to try this version!

  11. Looks like a recipe I would love to try. We aren’t vegans but we are very open to try recipes like this. It does look delicious. I love that there are fried onions in the dish. Yum.

  12. I need to try preparing one to see for myself if I can do it. With a busy schedule I usually buy foods outside or easy to cook meals.

  13. This is PERFECT for my family. My daughter has a dairy allergy so we are always look for great new dairy free recipes!

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