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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

This broccoli cheese casserole is easy to make and perfect for Sunday dinner or a holiday feast. We use, a simple, steam-in-the-bag broccoli and pair it with a homemade cheese sauce. Then, it’s topped with buttery breadcrumbs and baked until golden and bubbly. It’s really is easy to eat your broccoli when it’s covered in a creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. I say, bring on the broccoli! And if you’re looking for more delicious holiday side dishes, try this amazing sausage stuffing, or these classic mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

4 tbsp. Butter, divided

¼ cup Plain Breadcrumbs

2 cups Whole Milk

2 tbsp. Onions, thinly sliced

3 tbsp. Flour

½ tsp. Salt, divided

¼ tsp. Black Pepper

¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg

1 Bay Leaf

1 cup Cheddar Cheese (about 3 oz.), shredded

3 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, grated (plus a little extra for topping, if desired)

12 oz. Package Steam in the Bag Broccoli Florets

 

Prep work

To make the cheese sauce, it’s best to have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go before you get started. The sauce doesn’t take very long to make, but it does require frequent stirring. There won’t be any time for prep in between.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole Ingredients arranged on a wood cutting board

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F

 

Make the breadcrumb topping

Get this out of the way first, it only takes a few minutes, that way you can concentrate on the sauce and pour it while it’s still nice and hot. The breadcrumb topping will keep just fine, while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

 

Melt 1 tbsp. of butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, add the breadcrumbs. Stir well until the breadcrumbs are moist. Remove the skillet from heat.

 

Make the cheese sauce

Heat the milk in the microwave until warm.

 

Melt the remaining 3 tbsp. of butter in a large sauce pan, over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook gently for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

 

Add the flour to the pan and whisk until incorporated. Make sure you get into the edges of the pan with the whisk. Cook the flour for 1-2 minutes, stirring almost constantly.

 

Gradually add the warm milk, whisking constantly until the milk is incorporated. Stir in ¼ tsp. salt, pepper, nutmeg and add the bay leaf. Raise the heat to medium and bring the sauce to a simmer (this should take about 5 minutes). As soon as you see a few bubbles, lower the heat to medium-low. Continue to stir the sauce, especially as it starts to thicken. Cook the sauce for an additional 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

 

Cook’s notes

The sauce will thicken as it heats up and comes to a simmer. It will happen. Be patient. Don’t crank up the heat. Also, it’s important never leave milk/cream on the stove unattended. Keep an eye on it and don’t leave the stove’s side.

 

Remove the bay leaf from the sauce and discard. Add the cheddar and the Parmesan cheeses to the sauce and stir until melted and smooth. Keep the cheese sauce on low heat and give it a quick stir every so often so it doesn’t stick or burn on the bottom.

 

Make the broccoli

Cook the broccoli in the microwave, following the package directions to the lowest recommended cooking time. Add the broccoli to a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Cooked Broccoli in a red casserole dish

 

Pour the cheese sauce over the broccoli.

Pouring Cheese Sauce Over Broccoli

 

Distribute the breadcrumb topping evenly over the top.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole Covered with Breadcrumbs

 

Bake the broccoli cheese casserole for 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is golden. Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet, just in case it bubbles over. Remove from the oven and let the broccoli cheese casserole cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Baked Broccoli Cheese Casserole with a golden topping and served in a red dish

 

Makes 4-6 side servings

Broccoli Cheese Casserole with some servings missing to expose the broccoli and the creamy sauce

 

Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Resting time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
This broccoli cheese casserole is easy to make and perfect for Sunday dinner or a holiday feast.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, casseroles
Servings: 6
Calories: 292 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp. Butter divided
  • ¼ cup Plain Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 tbsp. Onions thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp. Flour
  • ½ tsp. Salt divided
  • ¼ tsp. Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese about 3 oz., shredded
  • 3 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese grated (plus a little extra for topping, if desired)
  • 12 oz. Package Steam in the Bag Broccoli Florets
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
Make the breadcrumb topping
  1. Melt 1 tbsp. of butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, add the breadcrumbs. Stir well until the breadcrumbs are moist. Remove the skillet from heat.
Make the cheese sauce
  1. Heat the milk in the microwave until warm.
  2. Melt the remaining 3 tbsp. of butter in a large sauce pan, over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook gently for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the flour to the pan and whisk until incorporated. Cook the flour for 1-2 minutes, stirring almost constantly.

  4. Gradually add the warm milk, whisking constantly until the milk is incorporated. 

  5. Stir in ¼ tsp. salt, pepper, nutmeg and add the bay leaf.

  6. Raise the heat to medium and bring the sauce to a simmer (this should take about 5 minutes). As soon as you see a few bubbles, lower the heat to medium-low. Continue to stir the sauce, especially as it starts to thicken.

  7. Cook the sauce for an additional 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

  8. Remove the bay leaf from the sauce and discard.

  9. Add the cheddar and the Parmesan cheeses to the sauce and stir until melted and smooth.

  10. Keep the cheese sauce on low heat and give it a quick stir every so often so it doesn’t stick or burn on the bottom.

Make the broccoli
  1. Cook the broccoli in the microwave, following the package directions to the lowest recommended cooking time.
  2. Add the broccoli to a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  3. Pour the cheese sauce over the broccoli.
  4. Distribute the breadcrumb topping evenly over the top.
  5. Bake the broccoli cheese casserole for 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is golden. Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet, just in case it bubbles over.
  6. Remove from the oven and let the broccoli cheese casserole cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

To make the cheese sauce, it’s best to have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go before you get started. The sauce doesn’t take very long to make, but it does require frequent stirring. There won’t be any time for prep in between.

 

The sauce will thicken as it heats up and comes to a simmer. It will happen. Be patient. Don’t crank up the heat. Also, it’s important never leave milk/cream on the stove unattended. Keep an eye on it and don’t leave the stove’s side.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 551mg 23%
Potassium 335mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 19.6%
Vitamin C 61.7%
Calcium 35.2%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This broccoli cheese casserole is easy to make and perfect for Sunday dinner or a holiday feast. We use, a simple, steam-in-the-bag broccoli and pair it with a homemade cheese sauce. Then, it’s topped with buttery breadcrumbs and baked until golden and bubbly. #broccolicheesecasserole #casseroles #broccoli #broccolicheese #sides #sidedishes #holidays

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