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This Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe is made from scratch with no condensed soup! Fresh broccoli cooked until tender crisp and fluffy rice come together in a creamy cheesy homemade sauce to create a family favorite side dish!

This cheesy broccoli rice casserole is great served alongside our Crispy Baked Chicken with a tossed salad for the perfect easy meal!

Broccoli Rice Casserole baked with cheese on top

If you’re looking for a side dish your whole family is going to love, this broccoli rice casserole is the answer!  I’ve combined my favorite velvety cheese sauce with a combination of broccoli & rice and baked it until bubbly.  The result is a side (or a quick meatless meal that my whole family loves)!

How Do You Make Broccoli Rice Casserole?

Don’t let the homemade sauce scare you away from giving this recipe a try, this from scratch cheese sauce tastes amazing (much better than just adding in a can of soup)!

Creamy cheese sauce ingredients in a sauce pan.

  1. The sauce for this recipe starts with a roux (which is just butter and flour cooked and milk added). Let the butter and flour cook for a few minutes before adding milk for the best flavor.
  2. Slowly stir in milk a bit at a time while whisking and cook until thick and bubbly. Add cheeses and stir until melted and creamy.
  3. Toss cheese sauce with broccoli and rice and bake in a casserole dish.

Broccoli Rice Casserole ingredients in a bowl.

Variations on Broccoli Rice Casserole

  • Lighten it up: To lighten this up a little bit you can use light cheese and lowfat milk with great results. We’ve also subbed in brown rice or quinoa (or even Cauliflower Rice) with amazing results.
  • Add protein: We very often add in chicken to make a chicken and rice casserole (the perfect way to enjoy your leftover baked chicken breasts).  Turkey or ham work great too.
  • Swap the Cheeses: Out of cheddar?  Use swiss, monterey jack or whatever you have on hand.
  • Add veggies: Add in cauliflower or whatever other veggies you have on hand to turn it from a side into a whole meal!

Two images showing the broccoli rice casserole before and after being baked.

Serving Suggestions

Broccoli Rice Casserole is great as an entrée for vegetarians, but if you are a meat-eater, it goes perfectly with any kind of protein! It’s a perfect complement to roasted chicken, pork chops, or even a beef roast!

Add a crunchy, cold salad, some dinner rolls with butter!

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Broccoli rice casserole in a casserole dish
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Broccoli Rice Casserole from Scratch

This Broccoli Rice Casserole is made from scratch (and contains no condensed soup). Fresh crisp broccoli and fluffy rice come together in a creamy cheesy homemade sauce to create a family favorite side dish!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients  

  • 6 cups fresh broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cooked white rice

SAUCE

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup onion diced (about 1 small)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic & black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook onion and butter on medium-low heat until softened and translucent. Stir in flour, garlic powder and pepper. Cook an additional 2 minutes.
  • Gradually pour in milk while whisking. Continue whisking over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add dry mustard, paprika, cream cheese and 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese. Stir until melted.
  • Place broccoli in boiling water for about 2 minutes. You still want it slightly crisp as it cooks more in the oven.
  • Stir together rice, broccoli and cheese sauce. Place in a greased 2 qt casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and bake 35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese lightly browned.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 287 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1090IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 325mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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    1. Hi Amy, other readers have frozen this recipe before or after baking with success. We would love to hear how it turns out for you!

  1. This came out amazing! I used one bag of frozen chopped broccoli because that’s what I had on hand, and added a shot of hot sauce like I do with everything, but this recipe would still be perfect as is. I can’t wait to make it again! Thanks for an awesome recipe.5 stars

  2. Delicious! Nice rice to sauce ratio. Everyone’s tongue has their own measurement for what they’re looking for – and this was JUST what I was looking for! Yes – I knew I might like to tweak it according to my liking (1T butter extra, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 4 OUNCES of cream cheese, and 8 oz of Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese grated for the sauce, and then I’ll probably put the other 8 oz on the top! Also used GF flour so my grandson can eat it). I loved that this called for dry mustard since it always seems to enhance a cheesy dish. May consider adding diced celery and/or diced water chestnuts next time for an added crunch factor. Getting the rice to sauce ratio correct is the hardest part and Holly nails it!5 stars

    1. Yes! This can be made ahead of time. Remove it from the fridge at least 30 minutes before baking. If it is very cold, you may need to allow a few extra minutes of cook time.

      1. That was my guess, just wasnt sure if the rice would soak up all the creamy cheese sauce. Thank you so much!

  3. I made this for a Christmas Party potluck dinner and it was a hit! It was the only empty dish and everyone wanted the recipe. I used cauliflower rice.5 stars

    1. Hi Jamie, we have only made this recipe as listed but you could try cottage cheese or ricotta for this recipe. We would love to hear how it turns out for you!

  4. This was not a good recipe. Very bland. I wasted good ingredients for bland meal.

    As a side note, I followed this recipe step by step with the directions.

  5. Ok so I had to leave a review. I agree with some who said this was bland. The first time I made it was on thanksgiving and it was ok but definitely lacking in flavor. The second and third time I made sure to add more seasoning, i used the same seasoning just more. Taste the roux to make sure it’s to your liking. I went in the side of almost too much seasoning because once mixed in with the broccoli and rice it evens out. I also took someone’s suggestion of adding one more cup of rice to equal about three cups. It’s so good !4 stars

  6. I’ve made this several times and it has always been just perfect! This is my new potluck dish to bring. I always credit you. I do sometimes add crushed Ritz crackers to the top and spray lightly with the squirt butter before baking. Love the crunch it adds. Just buying the items tonight to bake after church Sunday morning. Thanks again.5 stars

  7. I have made this recipe several times. I used parboiled rice is the only difference and it always comes out delicious. Thank you Holly for sharing!5 stars

    1. Hi Linda, Yes! This can be made ahead of time. Remove it from the fridge at least 30 minutes before baking. If it is very cold, you may need to allow a few extra minutes of cook time.

    1. Hi Hailey, It may change the taste slightly, but I think it would still be delicious. Let us know how it works out for you!

  8. I followed the recipe to the letter. It makes for a big pile of bland mush.

    Starting with 100% cooked rice, then baking it for another 40 minutes ends up with the texture of hot cereal.

    I have come to believe that the ratings on these recipes are bogus and this one is a 5 star dish only in the pot of the author that posted it.1 star

    1. How disappointing Denise, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you. I can’t say for sure what went wrong as most readers do love this recipe. Did you use long grain white rice? Did you make any substitutions? Was your sauce thickened as it is in the photo/video? Did you bake uncovered?

      The recipe does suggest to bake 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly so if your oven runs hotter it could have potentially been done a bit sooner.

      I can assure you that the comments and reviews on this recipe are valid.

    1. You’d want to double the whole recipe so you have the right ratio of sauce to ingredients. If it’s all baked in one pan, you may need to add little bit of extra cooking time.