Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole is an updated version of the classic green bean casserole. It has been upgraded with the addition of orzo and a creamy white cheddar sauce in place of the can soups. This is fresh, flavorful and cheesy.

I made an executive decision.

I decided things needed to be changed.


Things as in –  green bean casserole.

You know, the regular ass version.

It’s almost Thanksgiving 2017; let’s shake things up a bit.

As much as I love the traditional green bean casserole, y’all know I have to be different.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

This one has a white cheddar and cayenne base, but I did use cream of chicken soup – you know keeping with tradition and all. I did keep the onion strings. If you have the time and wanted to make your own instead of using store bought crunchy ones (aka canned), feel free to. I’ve done both. 

I just can’t leave well enough alone. It’s something I have definitely come to accept.

The real fried onions actually make a huge difference.


Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Another thing I did was to add orzo to this Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, which is a baby pasta that kinda looks like rice; it’s so cute. It just adds another dimension to this already delicious concoction. This whole dish is so creamy, cheesy and crunchy. All the things a really good, indulgent casserole should be.

And, yes, there’s some green beans in there. I wouldn’t leave those out, but I know you were questioning it…

If your job is to take a casserole to Thanksgiving, don’t you want to stand out in a table full of traditional, maybe plain, turkey day dishes??

Yes, yes – of course you do.

I actually should have added bacon to this, but I didn’t think about it when I was making it…I will next time. You live and you learn.

Maybe you could do that and let me know how that goes? You’ll love the cheese sauce I made for this; it’s SO good and you won’t miss the canned soup.

I promise.

Here’s your printable-

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean and Orzo Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup orzo, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 lbs. green beans
  • This cheese sauce
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can fried onion strings (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make cheese sauce, and while still in pan add soup and milk, whisking.
  3. Add sour cream, and continue to whisk until combined.
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  6. Combine orzo, green beans and cheese sauce in a large mixing bowl and pour into a baking dish.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.
  8. Top with onion strings and bake for 3 more minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
  10. Serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 528mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 10g

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White Cheddar Green Bean Orzo Casserole with Fried Onions Strings


  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Keisha

    I made this last night for my friends and when I went for back for more (because I serve myself last) this dish was GONE!! I mean gone as in there weren’t any cheese flakes or even onions left! It was the only dish that I didn’t have to wash 🙂 thanks, love your channel.

    1. Shea

      So glad you liked it!

  2. Adela

    Wow, this looks so yummy!!! I will be using this recipe of my husband’s birthday. Thanks for your sharing.

  3. Diane

    Yum … Very interesting recipe. I will give this one a try this weekend. Hope it will turn out great.

  4. Diane

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious. I’m adding this to this Sunday’s dinner, hope the kids will love it. Thanks for sharing.

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