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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

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This simple Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a classic crowd pleaser. Whether you are looking for a delicious Thanksgiving side dish, or are dreaming of a creamy casserole to have on hand throughout the week, this easy family favorite is the perfect addition to your menu. 

 

 

Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a family favorite that will delight even the pickiest of eaters. Few can resist the delectable broccoli and cheese combo. Whether you keep it simple or follow a few Pro-Tips to make it unique, this easy broccoli casserole is sure to delight everyone at the dinner table. 

You can always find Broccoli Cheese Casserole on our table at holidays alongside Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole; Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing, and of course, my favorite, Honey Brined Turkey

 

 

Ingredients Needed for this Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe: 

  • Broccoli – As the main feature of this recipe, broccoli is a must!  After it’s done baking, this broccoli will be tender, flavorful and melt in your mouth.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup – Use your own homemade version or the store bought version.  You could also switch it out with cream of mushroom if that’s what you had on hand!  
  • Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip – We prefer mayo.  If you’d like an alternative, a few readers have said they used sour cream or greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. 
  • Butter – Let’s be honest, everything tastes better with butter!
  • Eggs – Turns this broccoli side dish from soup to a casserole.  
  • Onion – onions add so much flavor to dishes.  This broccoli casserole is no exception.  
  • Salt & Pepper – Standard American seasoning for any dish!  
  • Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese – The sharper the cheese, the more flavor.  Use what you have, but if you’re going to the store anyway, grab some extra sharp cheddar!
  • Ritz Crackers – These crackers add a crunch and a buttery flavor to the top of your casserole!

 

 

Pro-Tips: 

Puttin’ on the Ritz 

  • The crackers are totally the most fun part of this Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Ritz crackers. Crumble the crackers and put them on top of the casserole right before baking. This will help keep the crackers crispy! The crunchy texture on top of the warm casserole really makes a difference.

 

 

Fresh Broccoli  

  • When using fresh broccoli, cut it into bite size pieces. 
  • Careful not to steam the broccoli for too long. It is best to have the Broccoli tender enough to easily poke with a fork, but not too soft. This casserole tastes best when the broccoli is tender but not too chewy. 
  • You can also steam the fresh cut broccoli in the microwave! This is an easy trick that can help cut down the amount of time it will take to prepare the broccoli. To do this, put the cut broccoli into a bowl with two tablespoons of water, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and microwave for 2 minutes. 

 

 

Frozen Broccoli 

  • For this size of casserole, use 1 (16 oz) bag of frozen broccoli cuts.
  • Using frozen broccoli makes this recipe even easier, but be sure to defrost the broccoli and prepare according to the instructions. 
  • Thawing the frozen broccoli is important to make sure that your broccoli and cheese casserole does not get too watery.

 

 

Put it All Together: 

  • All the creamy goodness for this easy Broccoli Cheese Casserole recipe will end up in the same baking pan. However, it is much easier to mix all the ingredients together in a bowl before transferring to the baking dish. 

Customize: 

  • Rice can take this Broccoli Cheese Casserole from a side dish to a meal! To do this, add 1 cup of cooked rice to the mix of ingredients before baking. 
  • Cauliflower is a tasty substitute for or addition to the broccoli. You could either fully substitute the cauliflower for broccoli, or go half and half! Cut and steam the cauliflower according to the directions for the broccoli in step 2 of this broccoli casserole recipe. 
  • Mushrooms are also a great addition to the cheesy broccoli casserole! Adding 1 cup of diced mushrooms can add an earthy taste to this scrumptious casserole.  
  • Chicken – you can add in ½ cup of diced up cooked chicken if you wish.  I recommend leftover chicken, turkey or even a rotisserie chicken.

 

 

Can Broccoli Cheese Casserole casserole be frozen?

Yes! If you are preparing this easy broccoli casserole ahead of time, it is better to freeze the casserole unbaked. It should stay good for up to 3 months if stored in an airtight container. 

How long is this Broccoli Cheese Casserole good for? 

After baked, this casserole will last 4-5 days when kept in the refrigerator. 

 

 

Can you make Broccoli Cheese Casserole ahead of time? 

Definitely! This is the perfect dish to make ahead of time.  If you are wanting to make the casserole to bake later that day, prepare the casserole recipe through step 7. You will not need to preheat the oven, since you’ll be doing that later.

Once you have completed the preparation, the casserole will stay good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Bake according to instructions.  

If you make it ahead of time to freeze it for later, make casserole according to directions but do not add cracker topping or bake.  Cover with two layers of heavy duty foil and freeze unbaked casserole for up to 3 months. Save the crushed Ritz Crackers for when you are ready to bake this broccoli cheese casserole recipe

When you are ready to prepare the casserole, allow time for it to fully thaw (best if it has time to fully thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours) and then add cracker topping and bake fully according to instructions. 

 

 

Can you make Broccoli Cheese Casserole with fresh or frozen broccoli? 

Of course! The texture of the dish can change slightly depending on if you use fresh or frozen broccoli, but the overall taste stays amazing whether you use fresh or frozen broccoli. 

How long does Broccoli Cheese Casserole last in the fridge?

Once fully prepared, cheesy broccoli casserole will last 3-4 days in the fridge.  If you wont be able to eat it within that amount of time, you can always freeze it for a later date!

 

 

Other Broccoli Dishes You’ll Love:

Main Dishes that go great with this casserole

This Cheesy Broccoli Cheese Casserole is Num’s the Word’s #1 Thanksgiving Side dish – and for good reasons too!  Not only is it easy to make, it’s delicious! 

So good that many readers have commented that their kids will even eat it!  If you’re looking for a simple make ahead side dish for your Holiday or Sunday dinner, then try this recipe!

 

Yield: 8 Servings

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Easy Broccoli Casserole - large helping on plate ready to be eaten

Broccoli Cheese 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

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 (10 ounce) can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip (we prefer mayo) Could also substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream.  
  • 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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 20.2gSaturated Fat: 6.3gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 689mgCarbohydrates: 15.9gFiber: 1.4gSugar: 3.5gProtein: 4.4g
Originally Posted: March 11, 2015

Photos & Text Updated: November 19, 2019

 

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Jeanie

Thursday 7th of October 2021

I’m wondering about freezing this? Should I prepare and cook then freeze or freeze prepared but unbaked? I like to make as much as I can ahead of time as well as not take up valuable space in the fridge for big dinners.

Janelle

Monday 11th of October 2021

If you're making this ahead of time, freeze before baking. Leave the crumbs off the top as those will get soggy. Then bake after thawed.

Paul

Sunday 5th of September 2021

I wonder if there is a typo. "5. Add 3/4 cup of cheese to broccoli mixture and mix well." followed by "7. Top with remaining 3/4 cup of cheese and Ritz crackers. Should read, "7. Top with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese" or vice versa. Delicious either way; the family took a second helping.

Janelle

Monday 11th of October 2021

Hi Paul! Thank you so much for your comment. Heaven knows there are always typos! So the ingredient list calls for 1 1/2 cups cheese. Which breaks down to 3/4 cup + 3/4 cup. So in step 7 when I say remaining cheese, I'm referring to the 3/4 cup that wasn't used in step 5. I hope that makes sense. Please Please do leave comments if you find a typo! I need people to help be my eyes!

awhitt

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

So delicious! The best! I only had cream of mushroom and parboiled some fresh broccoli. Thank you for the recipe!

Sanay

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Hi! I notice in blog it says to use a 16oz bag of broccoli, but further down the recipe calls for 4 cups, which is twice as much. Which one should I use? Thanks!

Amanda W.

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

This was SO easy and delicious. I never write reviews but I had to write a review for this recipe. I subbed cream of mushroom soup, Greek yogurt and added rice. It was so tasty! My toddler loved it too. I’ll definitely be adding this to my rotation. Thank you!

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