Creamy Broccoli and Cheese with Bacon – Cheesy broccoli and crispy bacon baked in a creamy, deliciously flavorful cheese sauce!
Topping steamed broccoli and carrots with a creamy cheese sauce is a sure fire way to make those picky eaters love their veggies! A few simple ingredients is all you will need to make this perfect, delicious, easy to make broccoli side dish.
This recipe was originally published on August 13, 2014, and updated with new photos and content on May 19, 2018.
Guys and Gals, can we just talk about this weather here? It’s like October-in-August around these parts. It’s raining, it’s cold, and we’re pretty much stuck inside, singing our lungs out to Katy Perry, and cooking broccoli. Cookies, too. It’s just how we roll.
I’m also thinking about that back-to-school thing that’s kinda freakin’ me OUT! Ana starts kindergarten in one week. KINDERGARTEN! The lil’ girl, the one that barely weighed 6-pounds when she was born, is about to take off and start her school-journey. FUH-reakin’ OUT!
Not sure how all this happened. I’m only 23! Don’t worry about what my driver’s license says, m’kay? In my mind, I’m 23.
In honor of back-to-school, I made you this Creamy Broccoli and Cheese with Bacon side dish, a very close cousin to my Creamy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon!
I am forever in love with broccoli. With any and all vegetables, in fact. I like green, tree-ish lookin’ things. Not as much as cake, but I do love them enough to want to stuff my face with ’em.
CREAMY BROCCOLI AND CHEESE WITH BACON
This AMAZING creamy broccoli side dish is sort of a healthful combination of broccoli florets, a bit of garlic, couple of carrots, and handfuls of cheese – because, let’s face it, even I can’t have veggies without cheese. It’s the natural thing to do.
We will begin by boiling out broccoli and carrots for a bit, and then adding them to a skillet with crispy bacon.
A creamy cheese sauce will also be added to the skillet. We then will transfer the skillet to a preheated oven and bake it for about 15-ish minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and top is browned.
If you’re looking to make the best veggie side dish yet, give this a GO. I think you’ll like it.
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TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE
Creamy Broccoli and Cheese with Bacon
- 2 pounds fresh broccoli florets
- 2 large carrots , thinly sliced
- 8 slices bacon, diced
- 1 cup half & half
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese , divided
- salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Place broccoli florets and carrots in a large saucepan with 1-inch water; bring to a boil and cover; continue to cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain.
- Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet; add bacon and cook for 3 minutes, or until crispy.
- Add broccoli and carrots to the skillet and continue to cook for 1 minute.
- In the meantime, prepare the sauce by combining half & half, dijon mustard, half of the parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl; mix until well combined.
- Remove skillet from heat.
- Pour prepared cream sauce over the broccoli and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese over the top.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bubbly and top is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes.