In this category, we will be using ingredients from the "Casserole" list.
If you are using canned green beans, just drain them and set them aside.
If using fresh green beans, wash them and trim the ends.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season with just a sprinkle of salt, and cook fresh green beans in the boiling water for 5-6 minutes, until green beans start to change color to deep green and become slightly tender. Stir occasionally.
Drain green beans and immediately place them under cold water. Drain cold water and set green beans aside.
Add cream of mushroom soup to a large bowl. Add milk and chicken broth, stir to combine.
Add finely diced onion, garlic, thyme, paprika, and ground black pepper. Stir to combine.
Add the green beans to the bowl, cheddar cheese, and 1 cup of French fried onions.
Stir well to combine and add the mixture to the prepared baking dish.
Level the top with a spatula.