Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

This Broccoli Cheddar Casserole is a true family-favorite! With the yummy cheesy broccoli and buttered cracker crumb topping, what’s not to love? It’s a perfect side for the holidays or any day!

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

If you’re looking for a side dish your whole family is going to love, this Broccoli Cheddar Casserole is the answer!  This recipe includes my favorite creamy cheese sauce with a combination of broccoli & rice and baked it until nice and bubbly. So simple, yet so filling. You can even add in chicken for a full dinner meal. Skip the condensed soup and make this recipe from scratch!

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

This Broccoli Cheddar Casserole is a true family-favorite! With the yummy cheesy broccoli and buttered cracker crumb topping, what's not to love? It's a perfect side for the holidays or any day!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

For Cheese Sauce

  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Cups Heavy cream
  • ½ Cup Yellow onion, chopped
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, as needed
  • Garlic powder, as needed
  • 1 Teaspoon Dry mustard (optional, can also use plain yellow mustard)
  • Smoked Paprika, as needed
  • 2 Cups Cheddar cheese

For the Casserole

  • 4-5 Cups Steamed Broccoli
  • 2 Cups Cooked white rice
  • Cup Ritz crackers, crushed
  • ½ Stick Butter
  • ½ Cup Cheddar cheese, as needed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a saucepot, cook onion and butter over medium heat until onions are translucent. Stir in flour, and cook an additional 2 minutes to form a roux.
  • Gradually pour in the heavy cream while whisking. Continue whisking over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
  • Add in dry mustard (or plain yellow mustard), paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper and 2 cups cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and creamy.
  • Place rice in a greased casserole dish and pour in cheese sauce, mix well. Gently fold in broccoli. Top with ½ cup cheddar cheese.
  • Stir together cracker crumbs and melted butter until crumbs are moistened. Sprinkle evenly on top of the shredded cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes until bubbly and crumb topping is light golden brown. Enoy!

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