Casseroles are comfort food, and comfort food tastes like home. And when we think of home-cooked meals, we think of saving some money, which leads us straight to Trader Joe’s.
Let’s make a version of Trader Joe’s Green Bean Casserole and share it with the family. The result is so cheesy and mushroomy that you’ll forget you’re also eating your veggies.
Green beans have never tasted better, that’s for sure, and with a recipe as easy as this one, you’ll want to make this casserole often.
To make this casserole, we’re first sauteing onion and garlic and stir-frying the green beans with a few fresh mushrooms. That’s healthy already, and you’ll love the smell filling your kitchen.
The next step is simmering the whole thing with cream of mushroom, also from Trader Joe’s, of course, that’s the casserole filling.
When topped with lots of cheese and grated in the oven, you get that picture-perfect, golden casserole with the creamiest texture and the gooiest surface.
Making this recipe from start to finish takes about an hour, but half the time is letting the casserole cook in the oven.
That means that you’ll only be cooking for around 15 minutes, and that makes this dish perfect for when you have little time to cook but still want to nurture your family with a traditional home-cooked meal.
Yes, this one is sloppy and cheesy and perhaps not what you’d serve at a fancy dinner party, but trust me, it’s perfect for weeknight dinners with the family.
The best part? Leftovers are even tastier than freshly made, which means you want to leave some casserole for tomorrow’s lunch. Let’s make ourselves a veggie casserole!
In a large, oven-safe skillet, heat the oil and sauté the white onion and the garlic. Once fragrant, toss in the green beans and mushrooms. Careful; the oil will splatter.
Cook for 10-15 minutes over high heat until the excess water has evaporated. Stir often.
Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 320°F
Pour in the mushroom cream mix, combine and cover with a thick layer of cheese.
Broil in the oven’s medium rack until bubbly and golden (between 20-25 minutes).