There is no canned soup in this recipe. There are also no canned beans in this recipe. It’s completely from scratch. And once you taste it, you’ll never go back to the canned version. Let’s get started….
Take your green beans and lop off the ends.
You can leave the beans long if you like, or you can cut them in half or thirds. I usually cut mine. I like ‘em bite sized.
Rinse them off. Then place them in a pot of boiling water for 3-4 minutes to blanch them. This leaves them a bit crunchy. If you like your beans softer, you can boil them a minute longer.
Remove the beans from the boiling water, and immediately place them in a bowl of ice water, to stop the cooking. Once the beans are cooled, drain them and set aside.
In the meantime, take your bacon and cut it into roughly 1/4 inch size pieces. Put them in a skillet and start browning them.
After about 2 minutes, add your onions and garlic. Cook until the bacon is done, but not crumbly, and the onions are golden. Takes about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a seperate skillet, melt butter. When your butter is all melted, slowly stir in flour. Stir until its all combined and smooth. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
Pour in milk and half & half, whisking constantly. (What I usually do is, pour the milk directly over my whisk. This way it kind of tempers in the cool milk and keeps everything from getting lumpy.) Continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes, or until beginning to thicken.
Add in the salt, pepper, and cayenne. You can add whatever spices here you like…some paprika, mustard, whatever floats your boat.
Add in the cheese and stir until all melted. I used extra sharp cheddar cheese, but again you can choose whatever you like, some pepper jack would be yummy. Or do a combo of different cheeses. The possibilities are endless.
Remove from heat and add in bacon mixture. Stir to combine.
Pour over beans and toss to coat.
Transfer to oven safe dish and top with either french fried onions or panko bread crumbs. I use both, but I like crunchy.
Bake at 350 until it’s bubbly and golden brown. MMMmmmm!!!
I’m tellin’ ya, make this and everyone at your Thanksgiving dinner will be begging for the recipe! It’s to die for.
here’s the printable…greenbeancasserole