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Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole


Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

When it comes to Holiday gatherings, what is your favorite part?

For me, I don’t know if I can pick just one.

I love the decorations and how they can transform a house into a home.

The feelings that arise when you see a home transformed bring love, excitement and unseen possibilities.



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - all ingredients except cheese in a mixing bowl , unmixed.



I love how during the Holidays, families take more time to see each other.

We travel all over the country, and often the world, to see the ones we love.

Having someone make time for you by coming to your home and spending time with your family is a cherished gift.

We are all given the same amount of time each day, and spending a few moments of that precious time with family and loved ones shows how much we care about them.



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - all ingredients except cheese in a mixing bowl mixed up.



I love gathering around the table to eat, chat and reminisce with one another about the times of old.

And lastly I love the traditions that accompany each Holiday.

Traditions of certain activities, events and recipes that come back year after year.

This Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is one of those traditions that we started back in 2015 and will continue on for many more years to come.



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - Cheese added to broccoli mixture.



Our Thanksgiving, Christmas and even Easter meals all include this tasty side dish that has become a staple in our home.

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

And most men I’ve put this casserole in front of, have 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.



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - mixture all mixed up with cheese



There are of course exceptions to these two rules as I’m sure there are a few women who don’t care for it as well as a few men who do.

Having said that, my husband and Father-in-Law have both been forced to eat this quite a bit in the last few years.

This is because I’ve found it to be such an easy side dish.

Despite this, neither of them would say it’s their favorite, but they still eat it.



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - Broccoli mixture placed in an 8x8 casserole dish



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.

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.



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - extra cheese and crushed ritz crackers on top of casserole



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 years and I cannot recommend high enough for you to try it!

We love it so much that since 2015, it has been on our table every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - baked casserole fresh out of the oven.



It is also Num’s the Word’s #1 made Thanksgiving recipe by a landslide.

Clearly we are not the only people who love this.

Many families have told me that it is a must have item on their Thanksgiving table every year too!

In fact, if you read through the comments below you’ll see that this Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is a big hit among broccoli & non broccoli lovers alike.



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - wooden spoon scooping out a portion from casserole dish



Take Amanda.  She left me this comment, which made my day:

“Hi! I just wanted to come back to your site and give this recipe the props it deserves. I have never ever been a broccoli fan. My husband on the other hand loves it. During the Holidays I always ask my husband and son to tell me a side dish that they would like for me to cook. My hubby usually always requests broccoli casserole and I have made him a few in the past, but they just were not my cup of tea. Until now.

I could have ate the whole pan of this by myself. I will defiantly been making this again and again. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I know some people can’t get past the mayo, but seriously do yourself a favor and just use it. Even if you have to close your eyes while you mix it in. It is now 12:30 am and I haven’t been in from work long. I am on my way to the kitchen to have some more of this casserole and a side of ham. πŸ˜‰”



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - single portion of casserole on a plate with a fork full on plate



Talk about a warm fuzzy comment! Thanks Amanda!

I have also had readers tell me that they’ve adapted this recipe to be Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole or Chicken & Broccoli Casserole.

I love side dishes that can easily be adapted to meet all kinds of needs.

Side dish or Main dish, this is a must have on your dinner table!



Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - a scoop of casserole on plate with a fork full showing off details of the cheesy goodness.



Oh and before you go thinking this is a Holiday only side dish, you’d be wrong.

We make this all year round with a variety of main dishes and so far it’s paired well with everything!

However, it is a tradition in our home to make this every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

So if you are ever invited to dinner on one of those days, be sure to try this Cheesy Broccoli Casserole!


Yield: 8 Servings

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

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!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  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.


Nutritional Information is estimated

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254 Total Fat: 20.2g Saturated Fat: 6.3g Cholesterol: 72mg Sodium: 689mg Carbohydrates: 15.9g Fiber: 1.4g Sugar: 3.5g Protein: 4.4g


Originally Posted: March 11, 2015

Photos & Text Updated: October 17, 2018


134 thoughts on “Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

    • 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.

  1. 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

    • 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!

    • 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!

    • 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!

    • 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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!

    • 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!

    • 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!

  3. 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.

    • 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!

  4. 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

        • 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. πŸ™‚ Sorry I can’t be more help.

    • 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. πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

  5. 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. πŸ˜‰ 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!

  6. 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!

    • Hi Tracey! There are between 15 – 20 crackers in a sleeve. Just crush up enough to cover the top. πŸ™‚ 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!

  7. 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.

    • 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

    • 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!

  11. 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?

  12. 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!

    • 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

    • 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Made this last night and it was wonderful!! Have been making steamed broccoli with a bit of cheese on top to be healthy but after trying this recipe it would be hard to go back! It is worth the calories and was completely gone! My men loved it and had seconds!! Thank you for sharing!

  19. This is AMAZES BALLS…kinda reminds me of Cheddar’s restaurant broccoli cheese casserole. Instead of the ritz crackers i use almond flour and but it on broil so it could brown ar the end…Ive been on the Atkins diet for bout 6months now so I try to stay away from carbs during the week but mayo, cheese, broccoli, butter is Atkins

  20. This looks delicious and I’m looking for a good side dish to make for 25 people, has anyone tried to double this and make in a crockpot?

    • i Jolie! Doubling it YES, crock pot, no. However it should cook just fine in the crock pot. Just leave off the crushed cracker topping as those will turn soggy in the crock pot. Let me know how it turns out!

  21. I would like to make this with corn and rice as well… 2 cups of fresh brocolli, cooked rice and canned creamed corn…or should i use frozen corn?

  22. Wondering if I can use frozen chopped broccoli? And if so how many 10 oz boxes would I need ? And how long should I cook frozen broccoli before hand

    • Hi Megan! Yes you can use frozen chopped broccoli, though I’ve never done it. I’d use 3 or 4 boxes and you’ll want to cook the broccoli just until it’s no longer frozen…Or let it thaw in a colander and discard the extra water that comes with frozen veggies. I’d personally also use 3 eggs instead of 2 for frozen broccoli. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!

  23. I don’t like canned soup so I made a bechamel most people have flour, butter, milk and salt/pepper. Plus you can season to taste. Not a big mushroom fan.
    Great recipe. I always feel you should make it as the recipe says then if needed make it your own unless diet says different.

  24. I made this as a side for Thanksgiving and I wish I had doubled the recipe because it was gone within 10 minutes. It was a big hit and I will definitely be making this again at Christmas. Followed the recipe exactly and it came out wonderfully! Thank you!

    • Hi Becky! Yes you can! Just whip it up tonight (don’t bake), then cover and refrigerate. Once you’re ready to bake, bake as normal. It may require an extra 10 minutes since it will be going in cold but you’ll want to cover with foil for the last 10 minutes to ensure your cracker crumbs don’t burn. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy!

  25. This was wonderful! Big hit for my family ? We will definitely be adding this to our meal list for the future. I baked chicken and heated up leftover rice to go with, it went well together. Thank you for the post!

    • Christine that sounds like a pretty tasty meal to me! I’m so glad your family liked it as much as we do! You’ve made my day with your wonderful comment! Thank you!

  26. Hi! I just wanted to come back to your site and give this recipe the props it deserves. I have never ever been a broccoli fan. My husband on the other hand loves it. During the Holidays I always ask my husband and son to tell me a side dish that they would like for me to cook. My hubby usually always requests broccoli casserole and I have made him a few in the past, but they just were not my cup of tea. Until now. I could have ate the whole pan of this by myself. I will defiantly been making this again and again. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I know some people can’t get past the mayo, but seriously do yourself a favor and just use it. Even if you have to close your eyes while you mix it in. It is now 12:30am and I haven’t been in from work long. I am on my way to the kitchen to have some more of this casserole and a side of ham. πŸ˜‰

    • Amanda you sure do know how to make a girls day! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment! I agree on the Mayo, but if it’s a huge deal there are alternatives they can try instead of mayo. I’m so glad broccoli isn’t your enemy any more! Hopefully you can find a few other tasty recipes on my site that will tickle your taste buds as well!

  27. Have made this a few times and it is so delicious. I add more cheese than it says for me to though since I love cheese so much. Thanks for this recipe.

  28. Made this recipe twice, initially in its original form, very good. The second time, I used only one egg and 3/4 cup of mayonnaise, and for the topping I used toasted bread crumbs. Also very good. This is an excellent recipe that can be adapted to change in several ways.

    • Hi Joannie. Well the recipe serves 8, though you can probably squeeze 10 slightly smaller servings out of each batch. So the easy way is to either multiply each ingredient by 7 which will give you 56 servings, or 8 which will give you 64 servings. Keep in mind not everyone likes broccoli and not everyone will try it. For example, most kids will pass on it.

      So it says you need 4 cups of broccoli. So 4 cups x 7 (for 56 servings) means you will need 28 cups of broccoli. And then do that for each ingredient.

      I hope that helps and that everyone enjoys it!

  29. I’ve made this 3 times now, including tonight (it’s in the oven right now). However, I’ve changed it up a bit. I add a cup of cooked rice and about a cup and a half of cut up, cooked chicken breast. I seasoned the chicken breast with Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb, seasoning salt and cayenne pepper and saute it in a cast iron skillet on the stove.
    I also eliminate the crackers. It’s delicious. I took it to a family gathering and received a lot of compliments. My husband and 2-year old daughter like it also.

  30. Is there a need for the eggs in this recipe? I’m needing to freeze it before cooking to transport and not sure how I feel about putting eggs in it.

    • Hi Rebekah! Keep the eggs in the recipe and freeze that way. The eggs help turn this from soggy broccoli into broccoli casserole. It helps give it more substance. You’ll be fine freezing the eggs in this recipe. It wont affect them at all! Great question!

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