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Cheesy Bacon Green Bean Casserole

5 from 2 reviews

Your family is going to LOVE this easy cheesy bacon green bean casserole! It takes minimal prep work and the best part is that it's made with real ingredients and NO condensed soup so you can feel good about feeding it to your family!

Ingredients

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  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 32 oz. frozen green beans
  • 16 oz. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. sharp white cheddar
  • 6 oz. French fried onions
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and arrange slices of bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake bacon for about 20-25 minutes or until it's crispy. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Then crumble.
  3. Add butter to a large sauté pan and heat over medium heat.
  4. Add diced onion along with a couple large pinches of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low if the butter is sputtering too much or if the onions start to turn brown. 
  5. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute.
  6. Add flour and cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute.
  7. Slowly stir in whole milk along with a couple large pinches of salt and pepper until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently until the milk is warmed through a bit and just starts to simmer.
  8. Add shredded cheese, reduce heat to low stirring until melted and the sauce begins to thicken.
  9. Stir in frozen beans and bacon along with a few large pinches of salt and pepper. Reserve a small handful of bacon for garnish.
  10. If you're using this type of large saute pan, you can put it straight into the oven. If you're not using an oven-safe pan, you can transfer the mixture to a 9x13 baking dish. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until heated through.
  11. Top casserole with French fried onions and reserved bacon, then bake for another 5 minutes. 
  12. Let cool just a few minutes and then dig in and enjoy!

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Notes

  • If your family isn't into onions, try dicing them very finely. They will blend in almost seamlessly with the sauce so your picky eaters won't notice, but your green bean casserole will still have the same great flavor!
  • Frozen or fresh green beans are going to give you the best flavor and texture for this dish. Canned green beans will not work quite as well because they're already cooked. They'll end up being mushy in this casserole and won't give you quite as much flavor.
  • To make this green bean casserole vegetarian, just skip the bacon! The flavors will still be delicious without the bacon. 

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