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Easy Green Bean Casserole Side Dish with French Fried Onions

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Easy Green Bean Casserole Side Dish with French Fried Onions

Green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup topped with french fried onions is a favorite in most American homes. Not just for a holiday dinner, this creamy casserole has become a regular side dish at picnics, barbecues, and 4th of July family gatherings. Super simple to mix together, even made assembled the night before. Bring this side dish to your next party and watch it vanish.

If you need another side dish that will never be turned away, try the quick & easy corn on the cob made in the Instant Pot. For complete directions and topping suggestions, get all the information here.

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Easy Green Bean Casserole Side Dish with French Fried Onions

History of Green Bean Casserole using Cream of Mushroom Soup

Campbell’s tell is that this recipe was developed by Campbells in the 1950s for a newspaper article by Dorcas Reilly.  Dorcas Reilly who is credited with this recipe submitted an original yellowed recipe card to the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in Akron Ohio in 2002. We all have a great debt of appreciation to Ms. Reilly for a tradition that will live on for years.

No matter where the recipe was created families have been serving up this side dish for years and will for years to come.

How to Make Green Bean Casserole with French Fried Onions

I would recommend making this with frozen green beans as they are freshly picked by the manufacturer before freezing.  You can be put in the refrigerator to thaw the night before.

This classic side dish is super easy and we make it year round. So yummy with any chicken dish perfect to take along for a summer picnic or back yard barbecue. For your summer events, you also can make the day before and pop in the oven an hour and a half before you leave.

If I am making this dish to take to a party or picnic I would suggest you mix the casserole the night before, I mix all the ingredients together put it in a casserole. (leave off the topping until you are ready to bake) This way I  have the side dish prepared early in the morning to be put in the oven an hour and a half before you leave.

Easy Green Bean Casserole Side Dish with French Fried Onions

The basic time for cooking is about 25 minutes, however, if you have a lot of dishes in the oven and the casserole is cold from the refrigerator I put it in for one hour.  Watch that the topping does not get too brown.

Start by defrosting the green beans, they can be put in the refrigerator the day before or defrosted in the microwave.  I microwave them just enough to make sure they are not frozen.  I have tried to mix the casserole when the green beans are too cold and it starts to freeze the cream of mushroom soup. The green beans are very hard to mix and looks like a mess, so make sure they are not frozen when you begin to mix.

Remember this is just 5 ingredients.  The holidays are the perfect time to get the younger generation interested in cooking the family traditions. So get the kids in the kitchen and use this recipe as a good starter for your little ones who want to cook with you.

Easy Green Bean Casserole Side Dish with French Fried Onions

In a large bowl mix the cream of mushroom soup, soy sauce, milk, and pepper to make a creamy sauce. Add the defrosted green beans and stir.

Now is the time where you can change up the recipe as your family likes by add in the french fried onion. Add a little or a lot (our family likes a lot).

Spray your baking dish and add the green bean mixture. Top with as many french fried onion. The traditional recipe has you only topping with one-third cup on top, but as you can see we cover the casserole with the crunchy goodness.  Pop in a preheated onion and bake.

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Easy Green Bean Casserole Side Dish with French Fried Onions

Classic green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 1 can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 1 bag of frozen Green Beans Thawed 16 oz bag (about 4 cups)
  • 1 container of French’s French Fried Onions about 1/2 of a 6 oz. (1 1/2 – 2cups, 1/2 of the container mix in and 1/2 on top)
  • dash of pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix together the soup, milk, and soy sauce & pepper. Mix this into the Green beans. Add about 1 cup of the French Fried Onion to this mixture, make sure to leave a lot for the top.
  2. Put the mixture in a casserole dish and top with the remaining Onions.
  3. Heat the oven to 350° and bake for 45 min if warm or 90 min if you make ahead and it is cold from the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. The recipe is for a medium casserole dish.  If making a double recipe (2X) in a 13 x 9 glass dish, cold out of the refrigerator, it will take 60 to 90 minutes.
  2. Update for 2021: This recipe tastes the best if made the night before and refrigerated. Make the recipe as above but leave the topping off until ready to cook on Thanksgiving day. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8

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