Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
Published: Oct 15, 2022
Updated: Nov 09, 2023
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A creamy and Cheesy Green Bean Casserole with Bacon will be a hit on your holiday table. This classic green bean casserole recipe with a special twist is a must-have for Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, if your family is anything like mine, we like Green Bean Casserole year round!
Cheesy Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
The variety of holiday side dishes is what people remember and look forward to the most. Everyone hopes there are leftovers the next day, because the food is just so comforting. What is there not to love about cheese and bacon?!
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- Green beans – you can boil or steam the green beans ahead of time. Or, canned green beans, just drain the extra liquid.
- Cream of celery soup – can substitute the cream of celery soup with cream of broccoli soup or cream of mushroom soup.
- French fried onions – a staple ingredient to green bean casserole!
- Half and half – you can also use whole milk or heavy cream instead
- Colby jack cheese – can substitute the Colby jack cheese with another cheese such as cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese, or American cheese.
- Bacon – freshly cooked bacon is best, but bacon bits are a great alternative
- Black Pepper
- Garlic – minced garlic or garlic powder
- Parmesan cheese – grated parmesan cheese or shredded parmesan cheese
How to Make Green Bean Casserole
In a large bowl, combine steamed green beans, cream of celery soup, half and half, cheese, pepper, salt, and minced garlic. If you prefer to add extra seasonings or ingredients, now is a great time to do so! Whisk or stir in some melted butter, diced yellow onion, or whatever you desire.
Pour the green bean mixture into your casserole pan and spread it out evenly. The creamy texture of the green bean mixture will easily fill up a 9×13-inch dish. It couldn’t be easier!
Sprinkle the remaining cheese, along with French fried onions, and crumbled bacon on top of the casserole. If you prefer to add the extra bacon grease, go for it! Talk about tasty (and we certainly don’t judge!).
Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until heated throughout and the cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve! This hearty side dish is a fresh take on the classic green bean casserole recipe everyone loves.
Make-Ahead Freezer Instructions
Make this cheesy bacon green bean casserole ahead of time and freeze it without the cheese, French-fried onion, and bacon toppings. Make sure to use an airtight and freezer-safe container to store it for up to 6 months. Thaw completely in your refrigerator before reheating and serving. Add the cheese, onion, and bacon toppings before reheating.
Do I have to use fresh green beans?
No, you do not need to use fresh green beans, you can use canned green beans without steaming them or you can use frozen green beans. The type of frozen green beans that you can steam in the bag is the most convenient.
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
- Mixing bowl
- 9×13 inch baking dish
- Non-Stick spray
- 1 pound steamed green beans, cut into 2 inch segments
- 2 (10.5) ounce cans of cream of celery soup
- 1 cup French fried onions
- ½ cup half and half
- 2 cups Colby jack cheese, shredded (divided)
- 8 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon garlic, minced
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x 13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine steamed green beans, cream of celery soup, half and half, 1 cup Colby jack cheese, pepper, salt, and minced garlic.
- Pour the green bean mixture into your casserole dish and spread it out evenly.
- Sprinkle the remaining Colby jack cheese, along with French fried onions, and crumbled bacon on top of the casserole.
- Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until heated throughout and the cheese is bubbly.
- Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and Serve warm