Cream Cheese Bacon Green Bean Casserole is maybe the most flavorful green bean casserole ever. I think I love it even more than this Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
A standard green bean casserole with condensed soup and a French-fried onion topping is delicious. But add bacon, cream cheese, and a packet of dry onion soup mix and you have the most scrumptious green bean casserole imaginable. It is sure to make converts of people who don’t think they like this quintessential Thanksgiving casserole.
The cream cheese gives this casserole a richness that green bean casserole typically doesn’t have.
French-Fried Onion and Ritz Cracker Topping
Another thing about this Thanksgiving casserole that I really love is it has both french-fried onions and crushed Ritz crackers in the topping. The two combined together make a super crunchy and buttery topping.
Make In Advance
This casserole can be assembled 24 hours in advance. Wait to sprinkle the topping on just prior to baking so it doesn’t get soggy.
You can use either condensed cream of onion soup or condensed cream of mushroom soup. Condensed cream of chicken soup would work well too.
Can I Use Frozen or Canned Green Beans?
While I prefer to use fresh green beans, this recipe can be made with frozen or canned green beans. If using frozen, thaw them completely. If using canned, drain them well.
Make It Spicy
If you want this casserole to be spicy, add a half teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.
More Thanksgiving Favorites
- Loaded Broccoli Casserole
- Southern Cornbread Dressing
- Savannah Seafood Stuffing
- Scalloped Potato Casserole
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
- Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
- 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 (10-ounce) can condensed cream of onion soup OR cream of mushroom soup
- 1 package dry onion soup mix
- 1 cup milk
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
- 1¾ cups French-Fried onions
- 1 cup coarsely crushed Ritz crackers
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon until crispy in a large nonstick skillet. Remove and set aside.Wipe skillet clean. (Save bacon grease for another use.) Add condensed soup, onion soup mix, and milk to skillet and stir until smooth.Set over medium-low heat. When mixture simmers, turn heat to low and add cream cheese. Stir until melted and transfer mixture to a large bowl.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Crumble the bacon and add it to the large bowl.Add green beans to the large bowl.Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, stir together French-Fried onions, cracker crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle over green bean mixture.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until hot throughout.