Green bean casserole is definitely one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving feast at my house. Having a lot of vegan friends, and a sister-in-law who is lactose intolerant, definitely called for making a dairy-free version of this classic holiday treat! This is the recipe I came up with a few years ago that allows for a relatively quick version of a vegan cream of mushroom soup. That way you can make this all in one go.

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped mushrooms
2tb chopped onion
1/2 clove garlic chopped
2tb Earth Balance or other butter substitute
2-3tb
 flour
1 8oz can vegetable broth
1/4 cup soy or almond milk
1/2 cup Tofutti Sour Cream
salt & pepper
1/8 tsp pepper
2 cans french cut green beans, drained.
1 container french onions

First make the soup:
1.) Sauté mushrooms, garlic, and onion in a pot with 1-2tb Earth Balance.
2.) Once the mushrooms are brown, gradually whisk in 2-3tb flour and 6 oz vegetable broth. Keep whisking until it starts to thicken. ALWAYS continue whisking, or the soup will clump up.
3.) Whisk in 1/4 cup soymilk.
4.) Whisk in 1/2 cup Tofutti sour cream. Continue whisking and it’ll keep thickening.
5.) Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the soup reaches desired consistency, let it simmer on low while you get the beans ready.

From this point you just follow the classic French’s green bean casserole recipe with your vegan soup!

6.) Drain beans and put them in the casserole dish.
7.) Mix in soup, 1/8 tsp pepper and about a handful or so of the French onions.
8.) Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir the bean mixture.
9.) Sprinkle the remaining onions over the top, and bake for 5 more minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

Enjoy!

// Laura Jude //

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