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Fresh Green Bean Casserole with Caramelized Onions
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
Non-traditional green bean casserole made with fresh green beans, caramelized onions and creamy cheddar cheese.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh green bean casserole with cheese, green beans with caramelized onions, onions for green bean casserole
Servings: 8
Calories: 485 kcal
Author: Bernadette
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed and washed
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced thin (about 2 1/2-3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 16 ounces light cream
  • 16 ounces shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • water (as needed)
  1. For the caramelized onions (can be made ahead and refrigerated until needed):
  2. Melt the butter in a cast iron or other deep skillet over low heat. Add the onions, sprinkle with the sugar, stir to coat with the butter. Cook over low heat, stirring every ten minutes until golden, adding water a teaspoon full at a time as needed to keep the onions from sticking to the skillet. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring every 5 minutes or so towards the end, until the onions are soft, dark golden brown, and sweet, about 40 minutes.
  3. For the Fresh Green Bean Casserole:
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the green beans in a large baking dish. Top with the caramelized onions.

  5. Heat the cream and milk over medium-low heat until it begins to steam. SLOWLY whisk in 8 ounces of the cheddar cheese, a small handful at a time and whisking constantly while allowing each addition to melt fully, until all the cheese is melted and creamy. Pour the cream mixture over the green beans. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven.

  6. Remove the casserole from the oven, uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese, place bake in the oven, uncovered, for 10 minutes more or until the cheese the melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Notes: Prep time includes time to caramelize the onions. These can be made ahead of time, cutting prep time to ten minutes.
Pot Pies: I served the 10 ounce pot pies, which are ready in 45-48 minutes. The family size pot pies will take longer to bake.

Nutrition Facts
Fresh Green Bean Casserole with Caramelized Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 133mg44%
Sodium 417mg18%
Potassium 430mg12%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 2060IU41%
Vitamin C 16.2mg20%
Calcium 531mg53%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.