INGREDIENTS

  • 1container (2.8 oz) French-fried onions
  • 6cups water
  • 2lb fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1/4cup butter
  • 1/4cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 1cup half-and-half
  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 2cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 1cup finely chopped cooked ham

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Reserve 1/2 cup French-fried onions for topping.
  2. 2 In 4- to 5-quart saucepan, heat 6 cups water to boiling over medium-high heat. Add green beans. Cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; drain, and place green beans back into pan; set aside.
  3. 3 Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour and salt; stir with whisk or fork until blended. Gradually stir in broth and half-and-half; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until smooth, bubbly and sauce thickens. Remove from heat. Add cream cheese and Cheddar cheese; stir until cheeses are melted. Stir in remaining French-fried onions and the ham.
  4. 4 Pour cheese mixture over green beans; stir to coat. Spread mixture in baking dish. Top with reserved 1/2 cup French-fried onions.
  5. 5 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
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