Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole (No condensed soup)

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Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole is the perfect side dish for any turkey dinner or weeknight meal.  This easy side contains no condensed soup.  Tender crisp veggies tossed in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with a buttery crumb topping.

    Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole with a spoon in the dish

Having 4 kids, it can sometimes tricky to find side dishes that absolutely everyone in the family loves.

One kid doesn’t like mushrooms, one doesn’t like peppers, one only wants raw veggies.  I certainly won’t cook special dishes for everyone but each kid was allowed one item that they didn’t have to eat.  Ever.  I mean, everyone has one thing they just don’t like right?

Anyhow, this cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole is the answer … THIS side dish was one that everyone loved, even my husband and I.  My whole family loves broccoli and cauliflower and of course… the cheese goes without saying!

Cheese being poured over Broccoli and Cauliflower

One of the things that I love best about this dish is that the rich and creamy cheese sauce contains no “cream of” anything soup.  It’s made from scratch in just a matter of minutes and then poured over the veggies and baked.  I use a sharp cheddar as I find it adds the most flavor however you can use pretty much any type of cheese you like.

I like to add a buttery Panko bread crumb topping but crushed crackers or even chips also make a delicious topping. We sometimes add in ham or chicken and you can easily substitute or add in other vegetables depending what you have on hand!

This is the perfect side dish for any dinner and one of our favorites alongside a turkey dinner.

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole being dished up with a wooden spoon

To make this dish ahead of time, prepare as directed up to step 4.  Place the bread crumb mixture in a separate sandwich bag and store everything covered in the refrigerator.  Remove from the refrigerate at least 30 minutes before baking, top with breadcrumbs and bake as directed.

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole with breadcrumbs
5 from 27 votes
Review Recipe

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake (No Condensed Soup Recipe)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole is the perfect side dish for any turkey dinner or weeknight meal. This easy side contains no condensed soup. Tender crisp veggies tossed in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with a buttery crumb topping.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups each fresh broccoli and cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces package cream cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons butter with bread crumbs and set aside.
  • Boil cauliflower in a large pot for 2 minutes. Add in broccoli and cook an additional 2 minutes or until tender crisp. Drain well.
  • In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add in flour, stirring until smooth. Add milk whisking constantly over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir in salt, cream cheese, garlic powder, black pepper and mustard powder until smooth. Add in cheddar cheese. Toss with broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Top with breadcrumbs mixture and bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 314, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 437mg, Potassium: 364mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 6850IU, Vitamin C: 12.6mg, Calcium: 241mg, Iron: 1.7mg

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

Keyword broccoli cauliflower casserole
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. I spend a good part of every single day looking at recipes because I LOVE trying new food. Out of all of the bazillion recipes I have tried….yours are ALWAYS the best! Anytime I google a recipe (based on what I have here) and spend with pennies has 1 listed I look no farther! You should be so proud of yourself and your family must be so happy to eat all of your great foods!!’
    First time I have ever left a comment on a recipe so you know you have won me over!!! Thank you so much!!!5 stars

  2. This sounds fantastic! I looked the recipe over & over, but didn’t see what size pan or even suggestions for what size pan to bake it in. Please include. Thank you.

  3. This was so good. Thank you for the recipe! My husband said it tasted like “the best thing ever, that this is something you would buy at a steakhouse for like $10”5 stars

  4. Nice, but it’s a lot of calories to take in for just a side. I’d probably add some chicken, and make this a main dish, which makes more sense to me.

  5. Hi there when you say 3oz package of cream cheese is it the whole brick we put in? Mine says 250g so I’m not sure what that is in oz?

    1. Kristen, a 250 gram package is 8 ounces. You’ll need 3/8ths of your brick. Hope that helps!

      1. When you say make up to step 4 do you mean through step 4? Or through step 3? Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  6. I made this today. My cheese sauce was thick when I added it to the veggies. When they came out of the oven, the sauce had watered down quite a bit. I had steamed the veggies before topping w/sauce & bread crumbs. What do u think I did wrong? This has happened with fresh steamed veggies as well as frozen.

  7. Been making a similar dish to this for years, mine uses smoked paprika instead of mustard. Also turn it into a complete meal by adding leftover holiday ham or turkey cubed up.

  8. I am very excited to try this recipe……My family enjoys Chicken Devine……..so I’m thinking they will also like this offering……

    1. I haven’t tried it that way but I’m sure it would work. If you use cornstarch, I have read that you use half as much. I’d love to hear how it works for you!