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Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is the perfect side dish to any meal.  Easy to prepare, tastes delicious and is a crowd pleaser!  A family favorite recipe!

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

 

If you love broccoli and cheese, you will LOVE this Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

I’ve come to discover, that thus far, every woman I’ve put this casserole in front of, has loved it. 

Every man I’ve put this casserole in front of, has cringed because it has the word “broccoli” in it. 

HOWEVER, most men do eat it out of politeness and then tell me it wasn’t half bad. 

Having said that, my husband and Father-in-Law have both been forced to eat this quite a bit in the last few months because I’ve found it to be such an easy side dish and though neither of them would say it’s their favorite, they still eat it. 

My Mother-in-Law and I both agree that this is the best Cheesy Broccoli Casserole we’ve ever eaten. 

Seriously, it’s incredible!  We LOVE it.

 

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

 

Now despite the name, let’s be clear – this casserole is NOT healthy. 

It may have broccoli in it but that and the onions are the only slightly healthy items in this dish. 

I mean, it’s smothered in a cheesy sauce, topped with more cheese and then buttery crackers

It’s delicious because it’s not healthy. 

And it’s not healthy because it’s delicious.  

This Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is one of the best side dishes I’ve eaten in the last few months and I cannot recommend high enough for you to try it!

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 (10 ounce) can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip (we prefer mayo)
  • 1/4 cup of butter melted (1/2 stick)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Place broccoli in a steaming basket on stove and steam for 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender to a fork.
  3. Remove broccoli from stove and chop into bite sized pieces. Place into a medium size mixing bowl.
  4. Add to broccoli, soup, mayonnaise, butter, eggs, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Add 3/4 cup of cheese to broccoli mixture and mix well.
  6. Pour entire contents into an 8x8" square baking dish.
  7. Top with remaining 3/4 cup of cheese and Ritz crackers.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is golden.
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97 Comments on “Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

      1. Glen

        Sorry to see that the men you seem to be around turn up their noses at broccoli. I was raised eating almost all vegetables. My only major exceptions are turnips and parsnip.
        Broccoli is great and I’m looking forward to this recipe.

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        1. Janelle

          Glen you are a good man! Yes my men are not broccoli fans at all. But it doesn’t stop me from trying! I hope you like it too! Thank you for your comment!

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          1. Janelle

            Donna, you do not have to double the recipe to use a 9×13 dish. However it will be a bit thinner and less impressive if you don’t double the recipe. The recipe will taste great either way, it’s just presentation it wont look as impressive. 🙂 Hope this helps!

    1. Janelle

      Hi! Though I’ve never tried it myself in this recipe, I’ve often substitute Greek Yogurt for mayo in other dishes. I can’t guarantee the results but if you do try it, please let me know how it turns out. That would be my first suggestion for a mayo substitution.

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      1. Melaina

        Sour cream works well. That’s what I use. I also sometimes use cream of mushroom instead of chicken and it is really good.

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  1. Carly

    I’m really excited to try this recipe! Normally I make it with milk vs Mayo but, I bet the Mayo makes it better.

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    1. Colleen Richards

      Yes you can. I’ve been making a broccoli casserole very similar for 20 years and usually use frozen broccoli.

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  2. Jenna

    This looks so yummy and I can’t wait to try it. I have to say, though, that getting past all of the pop ups to get to the recipe was tough. I almost left without seeing the post because it was just too much. Looking forward to trying this tonight

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    1. Janelle

      Yes you can! However I would add in 2 Tablespoons of melted butter to the crackers before spreading them on top of the casserole. I hope you love it!

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    2. Colleen Richards

      I never use crackers. I use the French Fried onions layered on top. The stay crunchy and adds great flavor.

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    1. Janelle

      Elina! I can’t see why not! Personally I’d dice the chicken up before adding it to the casserole or use a rotisserie chicken. I’ve never done it myself but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work! If you try it with chicken, let me know how it turns out!

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      1. Carrie

        I would love to double this recipe and possibly cook in one large foil pan. How much extra time do you recommend adding if I double the recipe?

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Amy! In a box of Ritz crackers are generally 4 individual packages or tubes (or sleeves) of crackers. Use one full individual package or sleeve of crackers. I hope that helps!

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  3. ASHLEY WIEDEMAN

    What do I need to edit this to add in chicken and rice to this? I don’t want it to be dry. Thanks

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Ashley! If you want to add chicken & rice to this dish, though I’ve never done it before – so this is only an educated guess, make the dish as recommended without baking. Add in 1 large chicken breast diced (raw), 1/2 cup of rice and 1 cup of water. Mix well into the broccoli mixture. Mixture will be runnier than normal. Bake according to directions. As I said, I’ve never actually tried this but that’s what I’d try first. If you do try this with chicken & rice, let me know how it turns out!

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    2. ashley

      I cook my rice and chicken first and add it to the mixture and bake as it says. it comes out great everytime and never have a consistency issue since its already cooked and soft. I enjoy the beef flavor rice that comes in a box. it adds an extra flavor that compliments it nicely.

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  4. Shannan

    Hello! My first time making this dish was today and it was a hit! I used Cream of Mushroom soup instead, and Italian bread crumbs in the place of crackers. Everyone loved it! Thanks!

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    1. Janelle

      High Five Shannan for loving a recipe even after you adapted it! I’m so glad you loved it. Next time try it with the Ritz and I promise you’ll never go back to bread crumbs again. So so SOOO good!

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    1. Janelle

      Janet I have never tried to freeze this so I can’t say for sure, but logically I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you try to freeze it, let me know how it turns out!

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Heather! I have not. Really I don’t think you need anything other than ritz cracker crumbs. I’m sure you could substitute breadcrumbs instead of the ritz but you don’t need them in addition to. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Judy

    I served this recipe tonight, adding thawed precooked small pieces of chicken breast that I had previously frozen. I also used cream of chicken with mushroom soup. My husband couldn’t stop eating it! We love it! The mayo didn’t sound good, but made it creamy. It will be good for leftovers tomorrow.

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    1. Janelle

      Judy, if people can get past the idea of mayo in it, they’ll be amazed at how good it is. I’m so glad you gave it a chance and are now a converted fan! Welcome to the club! Great idea adding chicken!

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Tina! I honestly don’t know what egg substitute would work in this recipe. You can try flax seed as that is often used as an egg substitute but I don’t know how the quality will turn out. If you find a good substitute, let me know! I’m sure others would love to know too!

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  6. Ashley s

    If I use cream of chicken soup will it still right ? I’ve used cream of celery and cream of mushroom before. First time trying the cream of chicken

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      1. Beth

        fresh and i made a double recipe but i cooked it in two separate 8×8 pans and i used miracle whip instead of regular mayo

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        1. Janelle

          I honestly don’t know why it would turn out soupy unless it has something to do with the miracle whip? You can always add an extra egg in or two to help prevent the soupiness but that may result in more of an egg bake than a casserole. 🙂 Sorry I can’t be more help.

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Hazel! For the consistency to be right, you’ll want to use a cream based soup. Personally I’d use Cream of Onion soup instead of cream of chicken soup and omit the diced onions. However any cream based soup would work. 🙂 Hope that helps!

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  7. Nicole

    This was so delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I’m not a very good cook but can follow directions, so I was a little nervous when I thought to try to make this a meal. I added about a three-quarters of a pound of chicken, which I cooked in my slow cooker with two cans of cream of chicken soup and then shredded. Had to skip the mayo because my husband hates it. 😉 I put in extra broccoli and doubled the Ritz topping because I had to move to a 9×13 dish. It still cooked through in the 30 minutes and is absolutely awesome. So glad I found this!

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  8. Tracey

    How many crackers roughly is in a sleeve? Our ritz crackers are only sold in a box there are no sleeves.
    Making this dish tonight and the comments are helpful too!
    Thank you!

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Tracey! There are between 15 – 20 crackers in a sleeve. Just crush up enough to cover the top. 🙂 I hope you like this! It’s a must have at our Thanksgiving meal each year and MULTIPLE times throughout the year as it’s our #1 favorite side dish!

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  9. Debbie

    I first ate broccoli in a casserole like this, and have loved it ever since. I make it for family gathering and everyone loves it.

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    1. Janelle

      Debbie, I’m so glad to hear that this brings back fond memories! I hope you’ll continue to serve it to all your guests as I’m sure they’ll love it as much as you do!

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  10. Edy

    I made this for our dinner today, but I added about 2 cups cooked and cubed chicken and about a cup of sliced mushrooms. I made some white rice to serve with the casserole. It turned out amazing! Thanks so much for your encouragement and delicious recipe!

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  11. Molly Starke

    I’m considering adding corn to this for a Thanksgiving side dish. Most likely I would use canned corn. Do you think that would be good?

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  12. Kelly

    Can I make this ahead of time and throw it in the oven when ready to cook? Looking to prep all of my thanksgiving veggies the day before 🙂

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  13. Kimmy

    Can we add rice to this dish too??? I LOVE broccoli, cheese, rice casserole! We are having friendsgiving this weekend and I want to try this out!

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    1. Janelle

      Kimmy, yes you can. Just add in the extra liquid. 1 cup of liquid for ever 1/2 cup of rice. If you don’t add the extra moisture this will turn out dry and the rice will be crunchy. Enjoy!

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  14. Kasey

    Hi! I am going to attempt to make this as a Thanksgiving side dish this year. Do you think I could use cheddar cheese soup in place of the cream of chicken?

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  15. Sarah

    This was super tasty. I used Cream of Mushroom because I was taking it to a family dinner where there was a vegetarian. Very good – can’t wait to try it with Cream of Chicken!

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    1. Janelle

      Tamara, yes you can! Can cream soup would work. Cream of Mushroom, Broccoli or Chicken! Enjoy! I’d also say a cheese soup would work too, though I’ve not tried that yet.

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Kari! Yes you can! Just keep it in the fridge until you are ready to make. Also don’t put the topping on until ready to bake or it tends to get soggy. Enjoy!

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  16. Kelly L

    I’ve Made this for over 20 years. Sometimes I substitute the mayonnaise for a can of cream of mushroom soup. I also make my topping out at Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix and butter. I have added chopped carrots and shredded chicken to make it an entire meal and it is delicious

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  17. Makayla

    I planned on substituting the shredded sharp cheddar with cubed velveeta cheese but, I am unsure if it would still call for 1 1/2 cups. Help.

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Makayla! I don’t cook a lot with Velveeta so I’m not sure on the substitution rate. I would think you’d need less due to it melting so easily but I really don’t know. I suggest a quick google search to see what others have done.

      Let us know what you end up doing and if it turned out! I’m sure others have had that same thought!

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  18. Rachel

    This was awesome!! Everyone loved it. I used mushroom soup instead, and since I don’t like using a lot of mayo, I substituted 1/2 of the amount with sour cream. And of course, I used adobo instead of salt. So good! I will definitely be making this again!

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  19. Daisygem

    Broccoli casserole is a Thanksgiving staple in my family, and the recipe was handed down from my grandmother, who passed nearly 30 years ago now. Her recipe calls for american cheese, cream of mushroom soup, and a topping of croutons (stuffing mix works great), sauteed with butter, lemon juice and parm (omg so good). I look forward to trying it with cheddar, instead of american! I love the idea of making it a meal by adding chicken, too. One tip I’d give your readers is not to overcook the broccoli before baking, or it’ll come out mushy after baking – but still super tasty.

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  20. Mary Anne Mikulka

    I made this casserole as a side dish this evening and we loved it. Followed the recipe exactly as you said and it was perfect. So delicious. I intend to make this dish again and again.

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