If you’ve ever sat down to a full-scale Thanksgiving dinner, chances are you’re already familiar with one of its most famous side dishes: green bean casserole. As standard on the Thanksgiving table as cranberry sauce or even the turkey itself, green bean casserole has been pleasing holiday palates since it was first published in 1955 by the Campbell’s Soup Company. Seeing as it’s a holiday staple, it would be easy to have the mistaken impression that creating this casserole is difficult or lengthy to prepare. Surprisingly, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, these beans can be put together in minutes, making it an easy — and healthy — weeknight side dish. Watch the short clip from Betty Crocker or follow the steps shown below to make your casserole!
Green Bean Casserole: Fast Facts
- It’s healthy. Canned green beans weigh in at only 40 calories per cup, are high in fiber and Vitamins A and C.
- It’s creamy without the calories. By using low fat, or healthy varieties of cream of mushroom soup, it only adds 70 calories to the entire dish. Use skimmed milk to continue to keep the calories in check.
- It’s crazily quick. You can have this dish made and in the oven in under 10 minutes. Just bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and it’s on the table.
- It’s leftover friendly. Made too much? Simply portion out and freeze for a quick weeknight side in the future.
You Will Need:
- 1 1/2-quart casserole or glass baking dish
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup (use a healthy version if you are counting calories)
- 1/4 milk (use skimmed if you would like to cut calories)
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 cans green beans, drained
- 1 small can french fried onions
Green Bean Casserole in 4 Easy Steps
Step 1 – The Sauce
Add the soup, milk and pepper to your baking dish and stir to combine.
Step 2 – The Green Beans
Add the 2 cans of drained green beans and stir to combine with the soup mixture.
Step 3 – The Topping
Sprinkle the top of your casserole with the french fried onions.
Step 4 – The Oven
Bake your casserole uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
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