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Rich, creamy, and bursting with savory flavor, this Green Bean Casserole is a delicious side dish for dinners and filling enough to be the main course itself!
Ritz Cracker Green Bean Casserole is the perfect choice for a simple-to-make dish that tastes incredible. You’ll love these green beans bubbling in mushroom sauce, topped with buttery Ritz Crackers, cheese, and crispy bacon.
This casserole is a great side dish for family meals or pairs well with holiday meals. It’s never been so easy to impress everyone with a casserole!
Following 4 simple steps, you’ll be popping your Ritz Cracker Green Bean Casserole into the oven in no time at all.
Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:
- How to make a large Ritz Cracker Green Bean Casserole that will serve 8- 12 people
- How to prepare ingredients
- How to assemble your ingredients for a perfect outcome
- Helpful options if you want to customize the recipe for your personal taste
HOW TO MAKE RITZ CRACKER GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
STEP TWO: Place drained green beans, condensed soup, pepper, ½ cup cheese, and ⅔ of the bacon in a large mixing bowl. Mix well and transfer to a circular or 11 X 8 casserole dish.
STEP THREE: Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered, until bubbly.
STEP FOUR: Sprinkle with the remaining cheese, bacon, and crushed crackers, then return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown.
- Green beans should sit in a strainer for 5-10 minutes before use. This reduces liquid content and prevents a final product that’s too runny
- Air Fry your bacon to create easy to crumble bacon bits
- Pat the fried bacon crumbles with paper towels to remove extra grease
- For a lower sodium option, omit the salt and use reduced-sodium ingredients
- Crush Ritz Crackers by placing them in a Ziploc bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin or large glass.
Green bean casserole has long been a favorite at dinner tables. Now you have a new way to prepare it that elevates the flavor profile and brings in extra richness.
Can I Use Fresh or Frozen Green Beans Instead of Canned Ones?
Yes, it’s fine to substitute fresh or frozen green beans! Cook the green beans, and drain off all the liquid before adding them to the recipe to prevent a watery casserole.
Prepare fresh green beans by trimming the ends and stems off. Cut long green beans into bite-sized lengths.
What If I’d Like to Try a Different Cheese or a Combination of Cheeses?
You can change the cheese in this recipe easily! Just avoid any soft cheeses, like cream cheese or brie.
Here are just some ideas:
- Swiss cheese
- Monterey Jack
Can I Make This Green Bean Casserole Vegetarian?
Yes! Just simply omit the bacon in the recipe and you’ve got yourself a vegetarian classic for the holidays!
You can even use McCormick’s Imitation Bacon Bits that are actually vegan if you still want that bacon flavor in the dish.
I’m Considering Using Sausage Crumbles Instead of Bacon. Would That Work?
That sounds delicious! Fry crumbled sausage on the stove until it’s well done. Then strain off the extra grease.
To remove more grease, let it rest on a few paper towels. Next, add it to the green bean casserole recipe.
What’s the Best Way to Store the Leftovers of Ritz Cracker Green Bean Casserole, If I Have Any?
Store your leftover casserole for 3-5 days in your refrigerator in an airtight container.
Reheat at 350 degrees (uncovered) for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly.
The topping will likely get mushy if you reheat it in the microwave.
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- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans green beans, drained
- 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled and divided
- 1 1/2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed for topping
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the green beans, condensed soup, pepper, ½ cup cheese, and ⅔ of the bacon in a large mixing bowl. Mix well and transfer to a casserole dish 11x8 casserole dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered, until bubbly.
- Sprinkle with the remaining cheese, bacon, and crushed crackers, then return to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown.
How to Reheat This Green Bean Casserole:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook leftover green bean casserole, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until heated thoroughly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 648mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.