Green bean casserole in a dish
Side Dishes

Easy Green Bean Casserole

Cooks in 35 minutes Difficulty Easy 0 comments

Green Bean Casserole is more than just a comforting side dish! It’s a culinary icon that has become synonymous with American holiday gatherings and family feasts.

The beauty of this dish lies in its simplicity and the harmonious combination of flavors and textures. The star ingredient, green beans, brings a fresh and vibrant element to the dish. The creamy sauce coats the green beans with rich and velvety goodness. Needless to say that it takes less than five minutes to throw this dish together thanks to the canned ingredients! So it’s perfect for parties.

Finally, the crowning glory of crispy fried onions adds a delightful crunch. It opens a depth of flavor that elevates the casserole to new heights.

My first time trying Green Bean Casserole

When I was engaged to my husband, I attended my first Thanksgiving dinner in November 2019, when I was visiting my fiancé in California. I remembered having a taste of this side-dish, and thought it was delicious. But since every other dish was delicious and uniquely American, the Green Bean Casserole slipped my mind.

Fast forward three years, my husband’s relatives would come over to California and prepare this same dish during dinners! The flavor profile and crispy onions were too good, I had eaten the entire casserole the first time they made it.

After my husband’s relatives could see how much I enjoyed it, they kept preparing it for us every time they came over. I finally asked for their recipe, and now I’m delighted to be sharing it with you!

This recipe is the easiest dish I’ve ever made. The only hard part about it is probably opening up the cans with a can opener!

It almost feels like cheating whenever I’d make this crowd-pleasing dish. It seems so complicated given the delicious variety of flavors in it, but I’d spent less than five minutes preparing it before putting it in the oven to cook for half an hour!

A Classic American Favorite

Over 30 million green bean casseroles have been served during Thanksgiving each year in the United States, according to a survey conducted by the Campbell Soup Company.

This delicious side-dish consistently ranks among the top ten most popular Thanksgiving side dishes in various surveys and studies.

Beyond Thanksgiving, many Americans enjoy this dish during Christmas, Easter, potlucks, and family gatherings throughout the year.

Historical Significance

Green Bean Casserole holds a special place in American culinary history. The creation of this dish in 1955 has been attributed to Dorcas Reilly. Ms. Reilly was a home economist working for the Campbell Soup Company at the time.

The very original recipe for consisted of just six ingredients: Canned green beans, condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, and crispy fried onions.

The dish gained popularity due to its simplicity, affordability, and delicious taste. Even today, it is a beloved side dish to any American gathering. No wonder it stood the test of time!

Flavorful Traditions and Variations

While the classic Green Bean Casserole remains a favorite, you can try making other variations! Many people have created their own versions, and other regional adaptations exist as well!

Some popular variations include mushrooms, bacon bits, shredded cheese, or different types of seasonings to enhance the flavor profile.

Green Bean Casserole has also inspired spin-offs. One example is incorporating other vegetables like cauliflower or broccoli to create unique and flavorful combinations.

Nutritional Benefits

Green beans are packed with essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamins C and K, and folate.

This dish as a whole is also a good source of protein from the cream of mushroom or chicken soup. It overall offers a satisfying way to incorporate vegetables into a meal.

Tips for Perfecting Your Easy Green Bean Casserole

  • For added flavor, consider adding a dash of Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, or your favorite herbs and spices to the sauce mixture.
  • If using fresh green beans, blanch them briefly in boiling water before adding them to the casserole.
  • Experiment with different variations by adding ingredients like sliced mushrooms, bacon bits, or shredded cheese for an extra twist.

Green Bean Casserole has become a cherished part of American culinary heritage, uniting families and friends around the table.

With its rich history, widespread popularity, and endless variations, this classic dish continues to evolve while remaining deeply rooted in tradition.

Whether you’re a fan of the original recipe or enjoy putting your own twist on it, Green Bean Casserole offers a comforting and flavorful experience that goes well with almost any main meal, making it a perfect side dish.

Green bean casserole in a dish

Easy Green Bean Casserole

Delight your taste buds with this beloved American classic with its creamy goodness and crispy toppings. Perfect for holiday gatherings, potlucks, or a cozy family dinner.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dinner
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 443kcal
Author: Micah Alvord
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • 1 oven-proof dish

Ingredients

  • 2 cans cut green beans
  • 1/4 cup drained canned green beans juices
  • 2 cans cream of chicken or mushroom soup
  • 1 large container fried onions If you're in the United States, use French's Fried Onions

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  • In a large casserole dish, mix the drained green beans, cream of chicken or mushroom soup, and the reserved liquid. You can add more drained green bean juices if desired.
    2 cans cut green beans, 1/4 cup drained canned green beans juices, 2 cans cream of chicken or mushroom soup
  • Cover the top of the casserole with fried onions.
    1 large container fried onions
  • Cook approximately 30 minutes, then add more fried onions (to your desired amount) to the top and cook about 5 minutes for the fried onions on top to get crunchy.

Nutrition

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 1433mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1181IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg

Perfect Pairings Suggestion

Consider pairing this with some Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders! Simple, straightforward, filling, and overall delicious.

Oven baked chicken tenders and green bean casserole on a plate

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