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Asparagus Green Bean Casserole


Green bean is as much a tradition in our home as everyone else’s’ on Thanksgiving. To make my green bean casserole stand out, I’ve tried a few tricks over the years, from making the whole thing from fresh ingredients, to just using fresh green beans, to adding all sorts of herbs and spices to the sauce part of the recipe to make it stand out. And in all those times of making my green bean casserole, I’ve learned what really makes the difference is the fried onions on top.

Way too many times I’ve spent too much time on the casserole part of this recipe and then just tossed on those canned fried onions at the end. And while they’re alright, making your own crunchy onion topping is a  thousand times better.

So now, I take short-cuts in my recipe by using frozen pre-prepared frozen vegetables. This way I have more time to devote to what really matters, the onions!


For this recipe, I used a combination of green beans and asparagus from the frozen foods isle. Having my vegetables already prepped and ready to go is a huge time savor. This way, all I have to do is toss the vegetables right into the casserole dish, and I’m ready to go.

There are so many options in the frozen food isle to make your holiday dishes with ease. All the pre-prepared frozen ingredients are real, simple, nutritious, delicious, affordable and customizable. The frozen food aisle is also packed with chef-inspired entree, dessert, snack and meal options that feature real ingredients and flavors you can add to your holiday menu.


Next I pour over my own homemade sauce, but if you want to save time on this step, I would recommend using some jarred Alfredo sauce instead. Then just mix everything well, and bake this for about 30 minutes or so, or until it’s all hot and bubbly.


While this casserole is baking, I make the fried onions. To make sure my slices are very thin, I use a mandoline. Then I toss the very thinly sliced onions with a little flour, corn meal and salt and pepper. Then I just fry them until they are golden brown and crisp. It only takes a few minutes. Then after my casserole is baked, I just garnish with my fried onions.

These thin fried onions are also called tobacco onions. Not sure why, it’s an odd name don’t you think? No matter the name though, they are so, so good.


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11 Responses to “Asparagus Green Bean Casserole”

  1. Tanya — November 11, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    this puts a nice twist on the traditional dish. I think I want to make this for Thanksgiving this year 🙂

  2. Paula - bell'alimento — November 13, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Love the twist on this traditional Turkey Day dish.

  3. Shari|Tickled Red — November 14, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    Nice twist on a classic love! Giving this recipe to my step mom.

  4. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living — November 14, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Using asparagus is a great way to shake up such a classic recipe, and I could definitely use more vegetables on a day like Thanksgiving. What other sorts of veggies would you recommend adding?

    • Angie McGowan — November 14, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      I think maybe green peas or broccoli would also be a nice addition 🙂

  5. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living — November 14, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Thanks, that’s a great idea!

  6. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 20, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    My kids would love this! So smart to add the asparagus, I can’t wait to try it!

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  8. Arnie — November 26, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    I thought I came up with it! 🙂

    This year, I’m putting spears on top to see if they “roast” a bit while in the oven.

  9. sylviadewy — December 10, 2014 @ 7:08 am

    I would say you have provided me a gift for my kids because they like to eat asparagus. But this recipe is also loved by my other family members. Thanks for this delicious asparagus green bean casserole recipe.

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