No Ramen, No problem: Green Bean Casserole

Toward the end of the semester, many students crave a home-cooked meal.

With Thanksgiving almost a week away, it’s hard not to think about turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing piled high on a plate while heating up another frozen dinner.

Next time you go to make another boring meal, instead, try green bean casserole, a thanksgiving classic that is both cheep and delicious.

This recipe is extremely simple and only takes about 45 minutes to prepare. The total cost of all the ingredients is only about $15, which is accessible on most student budgets.

This recipe requires a stove top and oven, so if you don’t have either, this may be a good time to cash in a favor with your off-campus friends or try out the residence hall cooking facilities.

You will need:

  • 4 cups of either canned or fresh

green beans

  • 1 can of Campbell’s Condensed

Cream of Mushroom Soup

  • 1/2 a cup of milk
  • 1 1/3 cups French’s French-Fried


  • Casserole dish

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F before assembling the casserole.

If you are using fresh green beans, start by rinsing your beans.

Once they are clean, cut off the ends and cut the remaining green
beans into halves.

Place the halved green beans into a pot, cover the beans with water and bring the water to a boil.

Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let the beans simmer for about five minutes or until they are tender.

Drain the water from the pan, and put the beans into your casserole dish.

If you are using canned beans, drain the can and put the beans into the dish.

Once your beans are in the dish, pour in the milk and cream of mushroom soup.

Combine the beans, milk and soup until they are thoroughly mixed.

Once you have mixed the ingredients, put in half of the French-fried onions.

Now that the casserole is assembled and the oven is heated, place the dish in the oven, and let it bake for 25 minutes or until it begins to bubble.

Once the casserole is bubbling, take the dish out of the oven. Add the remaining French fried onions to the top of the casserole.

Put the dish back in the oven and bake for an additional five minutes or until the top is a golden-brown color.

This recipe serves about six people, so you can have your own pre-Thanksgiving with your friends, with guests bringing their own dishes.

These green beans are cheap, easy and are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Having a recipe like this one will help with homesickness until you get to see your family for the upcoming holiday.