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.
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.
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.
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