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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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ENJOY!

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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”

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    carrollynhml@gmail.com

    As this was baking I was reading the reviews so I took it out and looked at it and it was definitely too thick. So I added some whipping cream to it to thin it up some it still came out a little thick but oh it’s good, delicious. I actually used frozen broccoli so I just warmed it up enough to thaw it out and then proceeded to make the sauce it really is good. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  2. This is DELICIOUS!! I was never a fan of broccoli but I am trying to like it. Plain broccoli is a no go for me so when I saw this recipe I thought it looked amazing and I gave it a try. I followed the recipe almost exactly. I microwaved my room temperature cream cheese because I thought it would be creamier and it did not get clumpy at all. I used a mixture of shaved Parmesan, Asiago and Romano cheeses because I didn’t have any grated Parmesan. I saved a half cup of the cheddar cheese and sprinkled on top. The only thing I would do differently would be to add a little more salt than I did, I didn’t want to over do it but that was an easy fix, I just added it at the table. Thank you for sharing this! It was so easy to make and tastes wonderful!

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    Karen Hopkins

    Made this for my son and me. Yummy! We love broccoli and cauliflower so will add more next time as I had plenty of the cheese mixture. Don’t forget to cube cream cheese for better mixing. I forgot. Clean up the dishes as you go. Will be adding this to my recipe rotation.

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      Katerina Petrovska

      That’s wonderful! I’m very happy you and your son enjoyed it! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

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