Green bean casserole is a classic side dish that everyone loves! It’s the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy. This traditional casserole is sure to be a hit at any holiday dinner or family gathering.
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Making a homemade green bean casserole doesn’t have to be labor intensive. Using frozen green beans makes it easy and delicious! All you need are two bags of tender, crisp Green Giant® Restaurant Style – Garlic Parmesan Green Beans, milk, your favorite cream-based soup, fried onions, and a few more common pantry staples! In no time, you’ll need to put together a delicious side dish that will please the whole family. Bake it until it’s warm and bubbly and enjoy the most flavorful, homemade green bean casserole around!
Let’s face it, there is nothing more delicious than a warm, hearty vegetable casserole or side dish. Our family often looks forward to these during the holidays like Thanksgiving, or Easter. Meals like green bean casserole are one of our favorites because the creamy sauce, crisp green beans, and fried onions just pair together so perfectly. In fact, green bean casserole is one of our go-to vegetable side dishes that pair nicely with baked ham.
Frozen Green Bean Casserole Ingredients
Green Beans – This casserole tastes best with fresh green beans, or frozen. Green Giant® Restaurant Style – Garlic Parmesan Green Beans provided a nice texture and unexpected flavor for my casserole. Elevate any meal with these chef-created, restaurant-inspired green beans that are ready to eat in minutes. They are available in your local grocer’s freezer section but be warned they are so popular! I keep scoring the last bag on every grocery trip!
Milk – Every green bean casserole needs a cup of milk, or real cream to form the rich sauce. Normally, I opt for whole milk but had some heavy cream to finish.
Cream soup – Typically, green bean casserole is made with cream of mushroom soup. However, my kids are not a fan of mushrooms- super sad, I know. Thankfully, cream of chicken or cream of celery soup is a good substitute for green bean casserole.
Crispy onions – French fried onions are what makes a green bean casserole POP. These shelf-stable onions are stirred into the casserole while baking and finished on top.
Spices – This casserole typically features garlic powder, black pepper, and salt. However, if you use Green Giant® Restaurant Style – Garlic Parmesan Green Beans you will only need black pepper since they are adequately seasoned. My recipe also includes Worcestershire sauce which adds a nice flavor to the creamy sauce, but you can substitute it for soy sauce.
Butter – You will need this to saute the frozen green beans in a skillet before baking.
Optional – Some people enjoy mixing in cheddar cheese for a richer casserole. I sometimes add cheese if I use fresh green beans to add more flavor. The Green Giant® Restaurant Style – Garlic Parmesan Green Beans featured parmesan, so I opted to skip the extra cheese this time.
How to Make Green Bean Casserole
In a skillet, prepare the frozen green beans as directed. I needed butter to prepare the Green Giant® Restaurant Style – Garlic Parmesan Green Beans which were ready in about 9 minutes.
Once green beans are cooked, add them to a greased casserole dish.
Add the cream of chicken soup, black pepper, and cream (or cup of milk), directly over the green beans. Using a wooden spoon toss the green bean mixture until combined. Add half the crispy onions and gently combine.
Bake uncovered at 350°F for 20 minutes.
Once done, carefully remove the casserole from the oven, stir, and sprinkle on the remaining crispy onion topping. Bake for an additional ten minutes.
Allow the casserole to cool for ten minutes before serving warm!
How to Prep Ahead Green Bean Casserole (to cook the next day)
If you make green bean casserole ahead of time, it will save you a lot of time and effort when it comes to serving. To make it ahead, combine all the ingredients except for the crispy fried onions step. You will want to mix them in and top the casserole right before heating.
To store it properly, cover the dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before refrigerating. The casserole should be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days before serving. When reheating, remove the wrapping and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (176°C) for 30 to 40 minutes. Make sure that the center is hot before serving.
How to Freeze and Prepare Green Bean Casserole
You can also freeze green bean casserole for longer storage. Allow it to cool completely first and transfer it into an airtight container or freezer bag. Write the date on top of your container so that you know how long it has been in the freezer. Green bean casserole can be stored in the freezer for up to three months before use. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat in a preheated oven at 350°F (176°C) for a baking time of 30 to 40 minutes or until hot. Again, make sure that the center is hot before serving. Enjoy!
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Green Bean Casserole (with Frozen Green Beans)
- Oven adjusted to center rack position
- large skillet to sauté green beans
- wooden spoon
- 2-quart oval casserole dish
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 24 ounces Green Giant® Restaurant Style – Garlic Parmesan Green Beans
- 1 cup heavy cream *or whole milk
- 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1½ cups french fried onions
- In a skillet, heat butter and prepare the frozen green beans as directed. Green Giant® Restaurant Style – Garlic Parmesan Green Beans which were ready in about 9 minutes. *If using fresh, trim beans and saute until tender-crisp.
- Once green beans are cooked, add them to a greased casserole dish.
- Add the cream of chicken soup, black pepper, and cream (or cup of milk), directly over the green beans. Using a wooden spoon toss the green bean mixture until combined. Add half the crispy onions and gently combine.
- Bake uncovered at 350°F for 20 minutes.
- Once done, carefully remove the casserole from the oven, stir, and sprinkle on the remaining crispy onion topping. Bake for an additional ten minutes.
- Allow the casserole to cool for ten minutes before serving warm!
Okay, knowing how to use frozen green beans is a game changer!
Dana Sandonato says
So good and so easy to throw together last minute! Great for potlucks, too.
TAYLER ROSS says
I made this casserole with our Sunday dinner last night and it was wonderful! Definitely my new go to recipe for holidays too!
Made this to go with fried pork chips and the whole family enjoyed it!
Nice! Green bean casserole is just about my favorite side. A lot of people make it for just the holidays, but I actually make it all the time. I can’t wait to try this version.