Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

That stuff is so last decade.

Sara Tane
November 01, 2017

There is no holiday that has a tighter, more regimented menu than Thanksgiving. If it’s not traditional, then why the heck is on your table, right? Well, in order to keep to the classics yet still serve delicious food that your guests are going to enjoy beyond the nostalgia factor, then you have to find a happy medium between tradition and modernity. This is why when it comes to a green bean casserole, we’re still going to be serving it, but maybe opting for one that steers clear of those “Oh God are we back in the eighties?” canned soups. You feel me? Here, we’ve gathered our favorite green bean casseroles that make the magic happen without that “cream of…” junk, yet still taste just like the dishes you’ve been serving for years.

Green Bean Casserole

So, it’s not canned soup; but rather, it’s jarred alfredo sauce that gets the job done here. The sauce contributes a richer, more robust flavor that any Turkey Day crowd is sure to be into. Nutritionally speaking, it’s up in the air as to whether we’ve made any significant improvements here, but if it’s one less reason to leave the grocery store without that cream of mushroom can, then we’ll take the small victory.

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Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms

No canned soup, no problem! A little bit of flour, cheese, and broth work together to create a seriously delicious backbone to this super veggie-heavy casserole. Coming in at less than 200 calories per serving (not that any human in their right mind should be counting calories on a holiday such as this one), this casserole is a great way to get some green on the table without completely spoiling it with a mysterious canned cream soup. Good job, you.

Skillet Green Bean Casserole

I’m just going to go ahead and say it—stovetop casseroles, particularly this one, are extremely underrated. Topped with homemade whole-wheat bread crumbs and packed with just the right amount of Parmesan and milk, this simple holiday veggie dish is just as tasty as it is beautiful in a stoic cast-iron pan. Why would you even think about adding a can of cream of mushroom to something so majestic on its own?

Home-Style Green Bean Casserole

This lightened, homemade sauce is about to change your casserole game. Butter, flour, buttermilk, milk, and Ranch dressing mix (...yes…) are the unlikely combination of ingredients that will coat the veggies in this casserole to perfection. Sounds random, but you’re just going to have to trust us that your Thanksgiving spread is definitely going to want to have this winner on board.

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