Manly Green Bean Casserole

Manly Kitchen Manly Green Bean CasseroleAs I’ve noted in other recipes, I’m a mix of traditional and new. Whether we’re talking music, fashion, cooking or anything else, I’m hard to pin down because I can go in any direction at any moment. And this comes out in my cooking.

For instance, the green bean casserole has been a part of my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for as long as I can remember. It’s always been made with French’s® onions and Campbell’s® soup. Always. And I continue to make it ever year. If I happen to be at someone else’s house and it’s not part of the meal, I would never say a thing – obviously, because it’s not Manly to be a jerk. But I miss it.

On the other hand, I can’t seem to leave anything alone. So it is with this recipe. I’ve made note of certain changes I’ve come across and tried some of them out. The recipe below is the one I’ve been using for over a decade, and I’ve gotten hundreds of compliments on it. I’m sure you will, too. So let’s go have some fun!

Manly Kitchen Manly Green Bean CasseroleIngredients:

1/4 lb. bacon
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
Dried rosemary
1 can Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon soy sauce
4 cups cooked cut green beans
1 1/3 cups French’s® French Fried Onions


Put bacon in large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. When it just begins to brown, add onion and bell pepper. Sprinkle a healthy pinch of rosemary over the pan and continue to cook until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a baking dish, whisk together the mushroom soup and half and half until thoroughly combined. Add soy sauce and pepper (to taste).

Fold in green beans and 2/3 cup of the fried onions.

Bake at 350° for about 25 minutes, or until you can see it all bubbling and happy.

Remove from oven and stir everything up. Then top with remaining fried onions and bake for another five minutes.

Remove from oven and let sit for up to ten minutes so you don’t burn your guests’ mouths.


For the green beans, you can use two cans of French style or cut green beans. Or two 9 oz. bags of frozen.

One nice touch is to add some sliced almonds to the topping for a bit of extra flavor and crunch.

This recipe will fit in an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. If you want to double the recipe, use a 9×13 dish.

Whether you’re traditional or on the forward edge, this side is sure to earn its place on your feast table. Just make sure you have some fun and…

Play with your food!


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About Lane

Lane Baldwin is a an internationally-acclaimed singer, songwriter, author and food lover. He wasn't trained in France, and he doesn't have his own TV show. He just loves to cook, and loves sharing what he's learned over the years. In his "real life," Lane has toured the world, bringing his special brand of Blues-infused Americana to millions of fans. At home he leads a quiet life filled with good books, good food and good friends.