Green Bean Bundle Casserole

Featuring fresh green beans, crispy bacon strips, and a brown sugar glaze, this Green Bean Bundle Casserole is take on a traditional green bean casserole. Perfect for holiday meals like Thanksgiving dinner or for a last minute family dinner night the next time you want to find easy recipes that everyone will enjoy.

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Green Bean Bundle Casserole Recipe 

Whether you’re looking for new recipes to add to the Thanksgiving menu for the holiday table or just want to find great recipes to make for your family dinner table, you’ve come to the right place.

This delicious twist on a classic green bean casserole will be the star of the show, with its bright green color, tender green beans, bacon, and fresh ingredients.

Not only is it healthy eating for the whole family, but this sweet and savory casserole makes a great side dish for quick meals if you’re trying to meal prep for the next week or two.

Check out Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole and Crack Green Bean Casserole for even more versions of this classic holiday side dish!

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Ingredients Needed

  • French green beans – Also known as Haricot Vert, replace with whole green beans or any standard green bean as necessary. 
  • Bacon – I personally prefer to choose a thick-cut bacon, but any package bacon or kind of bacon will do.
  • Butter – Unsalted is best. You can also substitute a little olive oil.
  • Light brown sugar – This can be substituted with white sugar mixed dark brown sugar. Or white sugar mixed with molasses and soy sauce.
  • Garlic powder – Replace with garlic salt or fresh garlic as necessary. 
  • Onion powder – Switch out for onion salt or fresh grated onion. 
  • Black pepper – I prefer finely ground black pepper.

How To Make Green Bean Bundle Casserole 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread thin green beans in an even layer in bottom of baking dish. 
  3. On top of the green beans, place bite-sized pieces of thick bacon.
  1. In a large bowl in the microwave or a large frying pan on the stovetop, melt butter. Add brown sugar and spices, stirring to combine until majority of sugar is dissolved. 
  2. Pour sauce on top of bacon green bean bundles as evenly as possible. Cover with foil and bake for 35 – 40 minutes. Remove from oven and uncover. Drain the majority of liquid.
  3. Put back into the oven uncovered and bake for an additional 10 – 15 minutes or until slices of bacon are crispy and golden brown. Remove and serve! 

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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What Side Dishes Go Well With This Recipe?

To go along with your little green bean bundles, most people go with a low carb side such as a house salad or roasted broccoli.

For my carb lovers, I recommend mashed potatoes covered in garlic butter.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time? 

This casserole can definitely be made ahead of time. Prepare green beans as noted in the recipe before putting in an airtight container and storing in the fridge for up to 2 days. Leave the brown sugar mixture separate in its own container.

Make sure to cut up your strip of bacon into bite-sized pieces and store in a Ziploc bag separately, and follow the cooking process before sticking in the oven and baking for the cooking time and temperature listed.

overhead plate of green bean casserole with salt and pepper shakers

How Do I Store My Leftovers?

Place any leftovers into the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days. To reheat, place bundles in the oven, air fryer, or microwave until heated all the way through.

How Can I Get The Most Vibrant Green Beans? 

To get a vibrant green color, use blanched green beans! You can do this yourself by boiling water and putting a small bowl of ice water off to the side.

Drop your green beans into the boiling water for a total time of around 6 minutes, then move 8-10 green beans at a time to the ice bath.

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Best Casserole Tips

  • Worried about your casserole bubbling over and making a mess of your oven? Try placing a baking sheet or cookie sheet on the rack below your casserole dish.
  • As part of the prep work for the topping, cook uncured bacon and place it on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil. Once you have patted the piece of bacon dry with paper towels, break it into smaller pieces for your topping.
  • I recommend choosing frozen cut green beans for this recipe, rather than fresh. They stay bright green and cook well.
  • Depending on your oven, start checking the casserole at 30 minutes.
  • If the bacon doesn’t get as crispy as you would like, you can try partially cooking the bacon pieces before adding them to the top of the casserole.
  • This recipe can accommodate a lot of special diets – to make this recipe vegetarian, for example, the only change you need is to remove the bacon.
  • For a creamier consistency, add in a little cream of mushroom soup.
  • Top with French Fried Onions for even more crunch!
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Need more information?

Check out this Ultimate Guide to Green Bean Casserole to answer these important questions:

  1. Can you make it ahead of time?
  2. Can you freeze it?
  3. How to reheat it.
  4. Can you make it without cream of mushroom soup?

Favorite Green Bean Casserole Recipes:

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These green bean casserole bundles make the perfect main dish or a great green bean side dish to bring with you to events during the holiday season. This green bean recipe beats any you’ll find on a recipe box and is the easy way to make sure that you bring something everyone will love. 

Yield: 8 servings

Green Bean Bundle Casserole

casserole in a white rectangle dish with tongs

Featuring fresh green beans, crispy bacon strips, and a brown sugar glaze, this Green Bean Bundle Casserole is take on a traditional green bean casserole.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans french style green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 ounces bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread the green beans in an even layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  3. Top with bite-sized pieces of bacon.
  4. In the microwave (or on the stove top) melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and spices and stir to combine. Be sure the majority of the brown sugar is dissolved.
  5. Pour the butter/sugar over the green beans and bacon, trying to get as even as possible.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven. Uncover and drain the majority of the liquid.
  8. Return to the oven, leaving uncovered, and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and crispy.
  9. Remove and serve!

Notes

  • Worried about your casserole bubbling over and making a mess of your oven? Try placing a baking sheet or cookie sheet on the rack below your casserole dish.
  • As part of the prep work for the topping, cook uncured bacon and place it on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil. Once you have patted the piece of bacon dry with paper towels, break it into smaller pieces for your topping.
  • I recommend choosing frozen cut green beans for this recipe, rather than fresh. They stay bright green and cook well.
  • Depending on your oven, start checking the casserole at 30 minutes.
  • If the bacon doesn’t get as crispy as you would like, you can try partially cooking the bacon pieces before adding them to the top of the casserole.
  • This recipe can accommodate a lot of special diets – to make this recipe vegetarian, for example, the only change you need is to remove the bacon.
  • For a creamier consistency, add in a little cream of mushroom soup.
  • Top with French Fried Onions for even more crunch!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 779mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 15g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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