Cheesy Broccoli Casserole


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This Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is made from scratch with tender broccoli florets, an easy cheese sauce, and a buttery crumbs topping.

 

Ingredients

BROCCOLI

  • Fresh broccoli best in this recipe
  • Boil or steam broccoli just until tender-crisp (do not overcook)
  • Frozen broccoli can be used in place of fresh but the casserole will be softer (defrost first)
  • Whether using fresh or frozen, drain very well to keep the sauce from getting watery.

CHEESE SAUCE

  • Cheese sauce can be made with any cheese you’d like
  • Dry mustard adds a bit of depth, if you don’t have any, add a small dash of Worcestershire or dijon mustard

CRUMB TOPPING

  • Buttery round crackers (like Ritz) can be replaced with any kind of crackers or even chips
  • Panko bread crumbs can be used, add a bit of extra butter to the topping

Variations

You can swap out other veggies (cauliflower or asparagus) for some or all of the broccoli. Add in ham or leftover Chicken Breasts to make this a main dish.

Pasta or rice are great additions but do soak up some of the sauce so if you’re adding rice, I’d suggest using a Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe to get the best ratios.

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How to Make Broccoli Casserole

This casserole is as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Boil or steam broccoli until tender-crisp.

Overhead shot of Cheesy Broccoli Casserole sauce in pots before and after stirring together

  1. Prepare the cheese sauce (per recipe below).
  2. Toss with broccoli.

pouring cheese over broccoli to make Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

  1. Top with buttery crumbs and bake until golden and bubbly.

To Make Ahead of Time

Prepare as directed keeping the topping in a separate container. Cover and refrigerate up to 48 hours.

To bake remove from the fridge 30 minutes before baking. Bake 15 minutes and stir. Add crumb mixture and bake an additional 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. You may need to add up to an additional 10 minutes to heat through.

Leftovers

To reheat broccoli casserole, cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees.

In the microwave (without foil of course) reheat until heated through. The crumbs won’t be as crisp in the microwave.

Overhead view of a baked broccoli casserole

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Review Recipe

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine American
This creamy broccoli and cheese casserole is pure comfort food and a delicious side dish for any meal!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh broccoli cut into bite sized pieces (approx. 10 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded
Topping
  • 1 cup buttery crackers coarsely crushed
  • ¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Boil broccoli in a large pot for 2-3 minutes or until tender crisp. Drain very well.
  • In a saucepan, cook onion in butter until tender. Add in flour, dry mustard, and salt. Allow to cook 1 minute.
  • Add milk a little bit at a time whisking after each addition until smooth. Continue whisking over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir in cream cheese until smooth.
  • Remove from heat and add in cheddar and parmesan cheeses. Toss with broccoli and pour into a 3qt baking dish.
  • Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over broccoli cheese mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.

Recipe Notes

Fresh broccoli can be substituted with 2 pounds frozen broccoli, thawed and well drained. Texture will be softer.
Additional gently steamed vegetables can be added.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 315, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 59mg, Sodium: 514mg, Potassium: 483mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1430IU, Vitamin C: 101.6mg, Calcium: 338mg, Iron: 1.5mg

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

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