Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole in an orange dish
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.

Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole

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.

Baked Broccoli Casserole in ceramic casserole dish just out of the oven

What You Need To Make Broccoli Casserole

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Cooked long grain brown rice.

1 lb cooked, chopped broccoli florets

Canned cream of mushroom soup and cream of celery soup

Processed cheese cubes. This is the brand I always have on hand.

Casserole baking dish, this baking dish is similar to the one I use (made by the same brand but has handles.)

A spoon in the casserole dish with a portion scooped out of the casserole

To Use Steamed Fresh Broccoli

Oftentimes I will use fresh broccoli when making this broccoli casserole. The microwave steamer is perfect for cooking the broccoli in this recipe as well as any other vegetables I want to steam.

After the broccoli is steamed, remove from the steamer basket and set it aside until ready to stir into the soup mixture. 

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Broccoli Casserole in orange bowl

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.
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Other Cheese Recipes you may like

Everyone loves cheesy casserole dishes. They are comfort food that makes everyone happy! Some of our favorite casserole recipes are listed below. I think you will love them too!

Cheesy Sweet-Hot Peppers and Corn is a slow cooker recipe that brings you a blend of sweet heat flavors that is full of cheesy goodness!

This Cheesy Orzo Pasta with Basil recipe is a classic pasta side dish with simple flavors. The fresh basil really pops in this recipe and it is one of our favorites!

If you want some real super delicious comfort food, then try Caramelized Onion Mashed Red Potatoes with Cheese. The caramelized onions with the cheese makes these potatoes a fabulous cheesy dish!

I love to Cheesy Mashed Baked Potatoes for Sunday supper or on any special holiday occasion. The addition of cheese makes everyone happy!

Easy BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves may not be a casserole, but they are full of cheese and have a sweet barbecue tang and are absolutely delicious

Ham and Noodle Casserole is a great recipe to use up any leftover ham from holiday meals.

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Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole in an orange dish

Best Broccoli Casserole

Best Broccoli Casserole, also known as Broccoli, Rice, and Cheese Casserole, is a retro recipe from my childhood that we always enjoyed as a side dish to our holiday meals.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli casserole, broccoli rice and cheese casserole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 1/4 cup celery diced
  • 1 16 ounce package frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 1 10-3/4 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 10-3/4 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1-1/4 cup processed cheese loaf diced

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Stir in the mushroom soup, celery soup, and half and half until combined.
    adding soup to skillet
  • Add the processed cheese cubes and stir until melted.
    stirring in processed cheese cubes
  • Stir in the broccoli and rice until combined.
    stirring in the broccoli and rice
  • Transfer the broccoli mixture to a prepared medium sized casserole dish.
    transferring mixture to casserole dish
  • Bake casserole for 60 minutes, until casserole is bubbly and beginning to brown on the top. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
    baked casserole

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Notes

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1633mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

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.

28 Comments

  1. Donna-FFW November 19, 2009 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Handwritten recipes have such charm, I love them. This casserole dish sounds just perfect, PERFECT, for the holiday table.

    I am going to try and remember to join in on your event this month.

  2. pigpigscorner November 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I've never had broccoli like this. Looks like it's time to stop roasting broccoli!

  3. Patsyk November 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I did something similar when I was visiting my mom last year… she had typed up copies of favorite recipes and I swiped a whole bunch of them to bring home!

  4. CookiePie November 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I love recipes like that — handwritten recipes that mom made (or grandma, auntie, etc.), for dishes you grew up on! They're the best — you can taste the love in them! Thanks for sharing! I bet this casserole is sooo delicious.

  5. alskamom November 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Oh, Yum! I love broccoli, and this sounds absolutely delicious!

  6. Katie November 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    So easy. So delicious.

  7. Barbara Bakes November 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    I love that you have hand written recipes to pass down!

  8. Mags November 20, 2009 at 12:45 am - Reply

    That's so neat that you're putting together a family cookbook. I love recipes like this that have a memory attached to them.

  9. Kathleen November 20, 2009 at 4:47 am - Reply

    I think it is beyond awesome that you are putting together a family recipe cook book. I loved your Nanny's hand written recipe! This casserole sounds like a winner!

  10. teresa November 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    oh my gosh, this looks soooo creamy and delicious! i love broccoli when it's prepared this way!

  11. Mrs. L November 21, 2009 at 12:21 am - Reply

    This casserole looks great. I've got to get myself in gear and participate in Family Recipes again!

  12. Robin Sue November 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I love broccoli casserole and this recipe looks so good. A funny story, my Ma used to made a broccoli and rice casserole that my brother hated. On night while at dinner he was not eating it and it made Ma mad, plus he was really fussing and sassing her about it. So she scooped up a handful of the casserole and smashed it in his face. He never fussed over her broccoli casserole again!

  13. Jamie November 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    This does look the best broccoli casserole ever! Your grandmother's handwritten recipes look just like my grandmother's and mom's handwritten ones (which I treasure). The handwriting even looks the same…isn't that weird? I want to make this for Thanksgiving….you'll be passing on your family recipe…thank you!

  14. JennyMac November 23, 2009 at 4:06 am - Reply

    YUMMMMMMM! My broccoli casserole recipe I got from my supervising teacher when I was student teaching. (over 20 years ago, yikes!) It's very similar except for it has ritz crackers and butter on top. So good!

  15. Laura November 23, 2009 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    In the last few years of my grandma's life, when the Alztheimer's was bad but not terrible, I had her write out some recipes for. the handwriting is shaky and I am not even sure she was completely cognizant of the recipes (she was copying them from my mom's copies–also in her writing), but I wanted them in her writing. Your pics remind me of that.

    This casserole looks wonderful–the kind of food I rarely make but always enjoy when it is served to me.

  16. Katy ~ November 28, 2009 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I love the comforts and flavors of home. This is a winner!

  17. It'sALifeStyleBaby!! November 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I love this recipe, do you happen to have the nutritional information?

    Fat
    Protein
    Carbs
    Fiber

    Thanks so much!

  18. Shelby November 30, 2010 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I'm sorry, I don't have it right off hand but I can figure it out using my SparkPeople guide. I will get back to you! Glad you love the recipe!

  19. Jen Sattley April 17, 2014 at 12:57 am - Reply

    I am such a sucker for broccoli casseroles and this one looks delicious!

  20. Mary Ellen April 17, 2014 at 2:03 am - Reply

    This is one of my favorite rice casserole recipes, so good and creamy…

  21. Life Tastes Good April 17, 2014 at 2:12 am - Reply

    What great memories! What a great idea to take pics of the recipe!! This sounds wonderful!

  22. Sue Strauch November 19, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I have a recipe that is very similar and it’s delicious. A great side for a turkey dinner. I always make it during the holidays. Great with an Easter ham as well.

  23. Anonymous October 12, 2019 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    5

  24. Miriah October 23, 2019 at 9:54 am - Reply

    5

  25. […] Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole is a long-time favorite in our family. This Thanksgiving side dish has found its way on our holiday table for as long as I can remember! It’s easy to make ahead and reheat later. This retro recipe is the best broccoli casserole recipe. […]

  26. Rhonda January 1, 2020 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Made this casserole yesterday, and LOVE IT !! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 1, 2020 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Hi Rhonda, so glad you loved the recipe, thank you for stopping by to share!

  27. […] Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole is a retro recipe casserole dish that I ate growing up. It was always a staple at any family gathering and even would make its appearance on potluck tables. […]

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