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Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe

This easy Broccoli Cheese Casserole recipe is creamy, savory and all kinds of delicious! Made with fresh broccoli, seasoned cheddar and cream cheese sauce, this side dish is ready in 30-minutes and ALWAYS a crowd favorite!

BROCCOLI CHEESE CASSEROLE

The classic combination of broccoli and cheese is the perfect vegetarian dinner or side dish for when you want some downright delicious comfort food.

There are those certain dishes that make a regular appearance on our dinner table, and oven baked broccoli swimming in cheese is one of those dishes.

Also, “with cheese” is the ONLY way I can get my kids to eat the “green tree vegetable”. 🙄 Which is why we can live on Broccoli Cheese Soup and Chicken Broccoli Shells and Cheese FOR DAYS! 

Broccoli Cheese Casserole is easy to make, foolproof, and delicious, and what’s even better is that it can be made ahead! 🙌 If I were you, I’d plan on making a double batch – make one for now and keep the other one in the fridge for tomorrow.

Broccoli Florets in a baking dish.

HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI CHEESE CASSEROLE

  • First, you’ll want to get one-and-a-half-pounds of broccoli florets. You can pick up a bag of fresh broccoli florets at your supermarket.
  • Add the broccoli florets to boiling water; cover and cook for 3 minutes. or just until crisp-tender. Drain. 
  • Transfer broccoli to a greased 2.5 to 3 quart baking dish and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, grated parmesan cheese, minced garlic plus seasonings, and stir until thoroughly combined. 
  • Stir cream cheese mixture into the broccoli and mix until combined.
  • Bake in the oven for 17 to 20 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and lightly browned on top. 
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving. 

Broccoli casserole uncooked.

HOW TO MAKE THIS CASSEROLE AHEAD

  • Cook broccoli in boiling water for 4 minutes.
  • Transfer to a baking dish and add in the cheese mixture.
  • Wait for everything to cool down to room temperature, then cover with foil and set in the fridge for 1 day. 
  • When ready, remove cover, stir everything together, and bake until mixture is hot and bubbly.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS

  • If your baking dish comes with a lid, keep the contents in the baking dish; cover with the lid and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • You can also store the casserole in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

CAN I ADD CHICKEN TO THIS CASSEROLE?

Absolutely, as long as the chicken is cooked and shredded up, or cubed. Would work perfectly with a rotisserie chicken.

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole with a serving spoon.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole 

Katerina | Diethood
This easy Broccoli Cheese Casserole recipe is creamy, savory and all kinds of delicious! Made with fresh broccoli, seasoned cheddar and cream cheese sauce, this side dish is ready in 30-minutes and ALWAYS a crowd favorite!
4.77 from 26 votes
Servings : 6
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ pounds broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature, cut in cubes
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes for garnish, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Grease a 2.5 quart to 3 quart baking dish with butter and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, bring 1/2 inch of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the broccoli; cover and cook over high heat until crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Drain and transfer broccoli to prepared baking dish; set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, Italian Seasoning, salt, and pepper; mix until incorporated.
  • Add cream cheese mixture to the broccoli and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Bake in the oven for 17 to 20 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned on top.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • Optionally, garnish with crushed red pepper flakes and serve.

Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 10
  • REDUCE POINTS DOWN TO 6 by using Neufchatel Cheese in place of full fat cream cheese; use reduced fat sour cream, too, and fat free cheddar cheese.
 
NET CARBS: 7 grams
 
HOW TO MAKE AHEAD
  • Cook broccoli in boiling water for 4 minutes.
  • Transfer to a baking dish and add in the cheese mixture.
  • Wait for everything to cool down to room temperature, then cover with foil and set in the fridge for 1 day. 
  • When ready, remove cover, stir everything together, and bake until mixture is hot and bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 283 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 12 g | Fat: 23 g | Saturated Fat: 13 g | Cholesterol: 70 mg | Sodium: 347 mg | Potassium: 442 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 1500 IU | Vitamin C: 101.5 mg | Calcium: 290 mg | Iron: 1.3 mg | Net Carbs: 7 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked cheese recipe, broccoli casserole, broccoli cheese casserole, christmas dinner side, keto friendly recipes, keto side dishes, low carb dinner ideas, thanksgiving side dish, vegetarian dinner idea
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61 comments on “Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe”

  1. I made this recipe following suggestions from other commenters… I microwaved the cream cheese, added a few tablespoons more of sour cream, added 2 tbsp of heavy cream, left out the cheddar (added in later),… then once all the ingredients (minus cheddar) were mixed, I microwaved again for about 15-20 seconds. I put the broccoli in a bowl and added the cream cheese mixture. I lightly tossed it all together. Its going to look like there isn’t enough sauce– there is! Just wait. Once I pour the broccoli and sour cream mix into the buttered casserole/pan, I sprinkled the cheddar on top. Baked for the time listed. I stirred 1/2 way through cooking. I think I added the rest of the bag of cheddar on top. It was delicious. I would definitely make again.

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    Anne Gerhardt

    I added pasta shells and tuna and made it into a casserole. Didn’t have cream cheese but I had 8oz mascarpone so I used that instead. Turned out really, really yummy! Thanks for posting the recipe.

    1. I have not made either of the recipes . I was so mad at all the ads and wine ads and it took forever to even get to the recipes.

  3. Very good. I added chicken and it needed a little more moisture and flavor. So next time I’ll add add additional sour cream and cheddar cheese.

  4. i’ve made this several times. i added the chicken and used the entire sour cream. it is excellent, it’s my new favorite! my husband loves it too.
    i have celiac disease, i’m so grateful that many of your recipes are gluten free.
    thanks 😊

      1. I wish i had read the comments first. The sauce was waaaaaaay too thick, and i did use room temperature cream cheese. The flavor was very, very good, but next time I’ll use less cream cheese, less sour cream, add milk or cream and heat and stir the sauce until it’s a workable consistency, then pour it over the broccoli in the pan. I’ll then sprinkle more grated cheddar on top.

  5. I had a ton of frozen broccoli so I used that instead. I used about 30 oz. I used all the same proportions for the cheeses and spices. I didn’t have any minced garlic so I used about 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. I baked and cut up about 5 slices of turkey bacon and put that in with the broccoli. I didn’t worry so much about mixing the broccoli into the cheese mixture. I sort of just scooped and pressed the cheese mixture into the broccoli. I had some Parmesan cheese leftover and I didn’t want to put it back in the fridge so I sprinkled it on top. It didn’t look exactly like the picture but it came out great. My 2 year old loved it. Luckily she is a fan of garlic and cheese. Will definitely make again!

  6. This was SO good. I recommend microwaving the cheese mixture to make it creamier before adding it to the broccoli. I also put the broiler on for a minute to toast the cheese.

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      Ruth Pontiflet

      Thanks Julia for microwave recommendation! I followed the recipe directions exactly and I thought that perhaps a step in the directions was omitted in error! I could not mix the cheese mixture with the broccoli but had to placed on top.

      1. OMG amazing!! I just spoon cheese mixture in clumps, halfway thru I mix (hella easier) and one more time before serving with the water that the broccoli gives off since steamed only 4 min. KETOfabulous

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