Green Bean Casserole

Invited to a party last minute and you have no idea what to bring? This is hands down the easiest and cheapest option other than going to the store & buying something pre-made. Don’t be a party pooper and get in the kitchen! I am personally obsessed with this dish. I don’t make it quite as often as I crave it, but it’s everything and more when I actually do.

This dish only gets attention during the holidays which I think is totally unfair. Everything about it is just yum. I love green beans, I love mushrooms, and I love fried onions. My biggest tip when making this dish is to spend the extra buck and get fresh green beans! It makes a world of difference. Go for anything but canned green beans because although they are “fresh”, they don’t have the vibrant color and crunch that fresh ones do. Really just do yourself the favor and spend the extra time and change to make the dish much prettier and tastier.

Green beans are so inexpensive this time of year. They are in season so they are everywhere and usually between 1$-2$ per pound depending where you shop. I got fresh beans from the farmers market for 1$! An entire pound for a dollar and it was so worth it. I do use canned cream of mushroom soup but I usually go for an all natural or organic kind to avoid all those extra ingredients that I don’t really even know what they are. Make sure the ends of the beans are clipped to avoid those hard ends that over dry in the oven and ruin the consistency of the dish.

  • 2 lbs green beans , washed and ends clipped & cut in half
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 pint of Cremini mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cups of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 container of fried onions
  • 1/2 cup French onion dip (optional, still tastes fabulous without)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  1. In a large soup pot, add all of your washed and trimmed beans to pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, let cook for 5 minutes then immediately remove from heat and drain.
  2. In a large skillet, add your butter and sauté your mushrooms and onions over medium high heat until tender and soft. Usually about 6 minutes. Add to a large mixing bowl
  3. Add your mushroom soup, French onion dip, cheese and vegetable stock to the bowl with your mushrooms and onions. Mix together well.
  4. Add your green beans to the bowl and mix everything together.
  5. Put the mixture into your baking dish of choice. Top with fried onions and bake uncovered at 375 for 20-25 minutes until warmed through.
  6. Serve warm & enjoy!

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