Dishing It Up: Historical past of the Inexperienced Bean Casserole


green bean casserole“Campbell Soup take a look at kitchen supervisor Dorcas Reilly developed the recipe for the favored inexperienced bean casserole in 1955. Elena Veselova/Shutterstock

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, many Individuals are starting their nice Google seek for dishes and casseroles to adorn their vacation tables. Positive you may have turkey and pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.

And people sides! What Thanksgiving unfold is full and not using a myriad of piping scorching facet dishes on the desk? And if there’s one conventional dish that is managed to face the take a look at of time with its easy-to-follow directions and scrumptious style it is the inexperienced bean casserole. However who got here up with this easy mixture of inexperienced beans, condensed cream of mushroom soup and fried onions?

It was developed by the late Dorcas Reilly again in 1955 when she was a Campbell Soup Firm take a look at kitchen supervisor. Her inexperienced bean casserole has made a reputation for itself as a go-to Thanksgiving facet for greater than 60 years.

"Dorcas Reilly was a member of our residence economics division on the time," says vp of communications for Campbell Meals and Drinks division, Beth Jolly. "It wasn’t essentially designed to turn into a Thanksgiving staple, however she labored within the kitchen and was tasked to search out an on a regular basis facet dish. The premise of the recipe improvement was that she wanted to make use of elements that almost all Individuals on the time would have."

In fact, within the ’50s, most Individuals really had inexperienced beans of their freezers, and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup had been round since 1934, although it was largely used as a casserole filler. It was Reilly’s concept to combine the soup and beans and high them with the fried onions for texture and shade. Jolly says Reilly initially named the dish Inexperienced Bean Bake.

"There have been no unique elements, it wasn’t laborious to cook dinner, and it was laborious to make a mistake," Jolly provides. "Folks tried it and favored it, and it grew to become a staple. [Dorcas] wasn’t certain if it was going to take off. [She] developed a whole bunch of recipes, frankly; she was all the time amazed at the way it grew to become such a family favourite."

Campbell formally put the inexperienced bean casserole recipe on the Cream of Mushroom Soup label in 1955, giving method to a sluggish burn that will quickly cement the dish as a Thanksgiving must-have. Jolly says the straightforward directions and easy elements are the principle causes it is managed to remain so well-liked.

The dish itself is loopy straightforward to make, and contains simply six elements. This is Campbell’s unique recipe:


  • 1 can (10½ ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • half of cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 sprint black pepper
  • four cups cooked reduce inexperienced beans
  • 1 1/three cups French’s French Fried Onions


  1. Combine soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and a couple of/three cup of onions collectively in a 1½-quart casserole dish.
  2. Bake at 350 levels for 25 minutes or till the bean mixtures bubbles.
  3. Stir the bean combination and sprinkle with the remaining onions.
  4. Bake for five extra minutes or till the onions are golden brown. Serve instantly.

Naturally, the model has a ton of various recipes that give folks the possibility to flex their cooking expertise and make the most of leftovers on the similar time.


The Campbell workforce estimates that about 20 million inexperienced bean casseroles are served at Thanksgiving dinners yearly. Folks adore it a lot that 50 p.c of the Cream of Mushroom soup gross sales happen between November and January.


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