Green Bean Casserole

This is a staple in most homes during the Holiday season. Our house is no exception. I used to buy the canned soup and canned green beans when I made this pre whole food switch. My teenager and 9 yr old have NEVER liked this side dish until this recipe. They both ask for me to make it out of the nowhere this Holiday season. I must tell you, I honestly still buy my fried onions. I have yet to find a recipe that actually turns out crispy and edible. The latest recipe I tried turned to MUSH, causing my hubby to race to the store before they closed on Thanksgiving to buy a container of it. Some recipes also call for steaming green beans first if you are going to use fresh. I tried that approach once and no was the least bit impressed with the casserole. I have since learned that I do not need to steam them, only cook them longer. I also used a jar of my cream of mushroom soup that I froze because I wanted to show you how easy it is to thicken it back up, if it needs it, after it has been thawed.

Here is the recipe:

Supply List:

Cream of mushroom soup (recipe here)

Green beans

Fried onions

Salt

Pepper

Garlic powder

Baking dish

Directions: 

Frozen Soup…

about 1/4 cup Flour

Pan

Whisk

Strainer (optional)

If you are using frozen soup you have thawed and it is no longer a thick consistency, relax, you can easily fix the “problem”. This step is optional, takes a second longer to do, but makes it easier in the long run. Pour the soup through a strainer separating the mushrooms from the rest of the soup. Set the mushrooms in the baking dish. Place the soup in a pan on the stove top, add about 1/4 cup of flour and whisk constantly on med heat until it thickens back to a cream soup like thickness. Should only take a couple of minutes to do.

Thawed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Thawed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms strained and waiting for the soup to thicken up again...

Mushrooms strained and waiting for the soup to thicken up again…

Flour....I had a helper add flour to the mushroom soup. I thawed another jar of the soup quickly...

Flour….I had a helper who added the flour to the mushroom soup.  Needless to say, it was uhm a little bit too much flour . I thawed another jar of the soup quickly…

The same helper decided to add seasonings to the flour and soup mix as well. You can see the flour and soup have thickened back up again...

The same helper decided to add seasonings to the flour and soup mix as well. You can see the flour and soup have thickened back up again…

Soup was added to the baking dish with the mushrooms...everything was reunited and it tastes so good!

Soup was added to the baking dish with the mushrooms. Everything was reunited and it tastes so good!

Back to the recipe…

In the baking dish, mix the green beans with the cream of mushroom soup….You can use frozen green beans (I recommend thawing them first) or fresh. If you are using fresh, you can either steam them until they are al dente or add them in as is. If you choose to add them in as is, they will need to cook longer. Mine were fresh green beans that I froze this summer.

Green beans meeting the soup...

Green beans meeting the soup…

Mix the beans and the soup together...

Mix the beans and the soup together…

Bake in the oven at 425 until the green beans are tender. Around 30 minutes usually. Can be longer if using fresh green beans.

Green beans are tender and done to perfection...

Green beans are tender and done to perfection…

Once the beans are cooked, add the fried onions to the top.

Fried onions saying hello!

Fried onions saying hello!

Place the dish back in the oven and bake until the fried onions are golden brown.

Golden brown and ready to enjoy!

Golden brown and oh so yummy!!!

Enjoy!!

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