Green Bean Casserole has been a “must-have” on America’s holiday menus since its introduction in 1955. Created by Dorcas Reilly, former manager of Campbell’s Kitchen, this classic side dish is a combination of two popular items that are found in most American kitchens: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. Today, over 30 million households will enjoy Green Bean Casserole as part of their holiday feasts.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole — a dish that has become a true American icon. Adding to the enduring legacy of this classic recipe is the fact that the ingredients have been able to stand the test of time.

Deemed the “mother of all comfort food,” Reilly said her inspiration for Green Bean Casserole was to “create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.” Like all great recipes, the casserole requires a minimal number of ingredients (just five), doesn’t take much time and can be customized to fit a wide range of variations.

“Green Bean Casserole has become an American holiday tradition because it’s delicious, convenient and easy to transport to a party or a potluck dinner,” said Cindy Ayers, vice president of Campbell’s Kitchen. “And best of all, friends and family look forward to eating it every year!”

The traditional recipe coats crisp green beans with a saucy combination of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and a dash of soy sauce smothered with crunchy French’s French Fried Onions for the perfect finishing touch.

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Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole

Serves 6.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Bake Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom or 98 percent Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Dash of ground black pepper

4 cups cooked cut green beans

1 1/3 cups French’s French Fried Onions

Directions

Mix soup, milk, soy, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in 1 1/2-quart casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 minutes or until hot. Stir.

Sprinkle with remaining onions.

For a new twist on a traditional recipe try one of the following:

• For a creative cheesy dish, stir in 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese with soup. Omit soy sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup additional Cheddar cheese when adding the remaining onions.

• For a crunchy taste, add 1/2 cup chopped water chestnuts to dish

• For a holiday touch, stir in 1/4 cup chopped red pepper for festive color and zesty flavor with soup.

• For a heartier mushroom flavor, substitute Campbell’s Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup for Cream of Mushroom Soup. Omit soy sauce. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped red pepper with green beans.

• For a change of pace, substitute 4 cups cooked broccoli flowerets for the green beans.

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