First Published: November 18,2009… Last Updated: October 5, 2020
Broccoli Casserole also known as Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole is the best side dish recipe for any occasion. Broccoli and cooked rice is stirred into a cheese and soup mixture and baked until golden and bubbly and served alongside your favorite turkey or ham dinner.
This family favorite broccoli casserole always has made it on our table for all the special holidays. From Thanksgiving, to Christmas, to Easter. It is also a great potluck recipe that is easy to make ahead and reheat later.
Best Broccoli, Rice, and Cheese Casserole – A Family Tradition
This broccoli casserole comes with a lot of memories. Every time I make it I remember my mom, Nanny, or Aunt making this side dish recipe for a holiday meal. The entire family loved this casserole. And, it was one way to get broccoli in the kids diet!
Grumpy and I love this broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole. It is pure comfort food to eat it with its creamy, cheesy flavor. This retro-recipe is a rich and creamy, cheesy casserole that is pure comfort food.
What You Need To Make Broccoli Casserole
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110-3/4 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
110-3/4 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1/3cuphalf and half
1-1/4cupprocessed cheese loafdiced
[mv_schema_meta name="Cook onion and celery"]Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter In a large skillet over medium heat until bubbly. Add the onion and celery. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are just softened. [mv_img id="26712"]
[mv_schema_meta name="add soup and cream"]Stir in the mushroom soup, celery soup, and half and half until combined. [mv_img id="26713"]
[mv_schema_meta name="add cheese"]Add the processed cheese cubes and stir until melted. [mv_img id="26714"]
[mv_schema_meta name="add broccoli and rice"]Stir in the broccoli and rice until combined. [mv_img id="26717"]
[mv_schema_meta name="transfer and bake"]Transfer the broccoli mixture to a prepared medium sized casserole dish. [mv_img id="26716"]
[mv_schema_meta name="bake"]Bake casserole for 60 minutes, until casserole is bubbly and beginning to brown on the top. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. [mv_img id="26718"]
Tips and Substitutions
Don’t skip the canned soup. It’s a convenience and is in this recipe to save time. However, if you really want to make your own soup, go for it!
It’s easy to buy pre-cut broccoli, toss it in the steamer to cook until tender and use in place of the frozen broccoli in this recipe.
Use jasmine rice instead of brown rice. You can also use minute rice if your in a hurry.
Substitute milk or water for the half and half
Stir the processed cheese into the soup mixture until it is just melted, allowing there to be tiny chunks of cheese if you wish.
Use any combination of creamed canned soups you prefer. I have used cream of celery soup, cream of broccoli, cream of mushroom, and cream of chicken soup.
Sprinkle the top of the broccoli casserole with shredded cheddar cheese for additional flavor and cheesiness!
Add 2 cups of cooked chicken or ham to the recipe for a main dish broccoli casserole.
Substitute cauliflower for the broccoli, or a combination of broccoli and cauliflower in place of the broccoli.
Add 1/2 cup of cooked carrots for cheesy mixed vegetable casserole recipe.
Lighten the recipe up some by using low-fat cheese and fat-free half and half.
Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
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