This Broccoli Rice Casserole is a one-pan Southern dish that you can make for a dinner side. This recipe is easy to make and is made from scratch. Here is how to make Broccoli and Rice Casserole Recipe.
How about a pan of comfort food for your dinner today? Yes, a pan of deliciousness that has creamy cheese inside along with soft rice and crunchy broccoli.
We are talking about Broccoli Rice Casserole here! The cheese sauce in this dish will make you fall in love with this recipe.
Casserole Recipes are one of the best recipes to make for your lazy weekday dinners easy, especially in Winters.
Here, we are making an easy casserole dish, from scratch, and your whole family is going to love this dish.
It is also a great side dish to make for your Brunch during weekends.
What is Broccoli Rice Casserole?
It is a one-pot meal where velvety cheese sauce is combined with rice and broccoli to make a mouth-watering dish.
Garlic Powder is also added in this casserole, which gives this cheesy dish a fantastic flavor.
The velvety sauce is made with all-purpose flour and milk, and later processed cheese and cheddar cheese are also added to make the sauce more cheesy and creamy.
Here, we have used white rice to make the Broccoli Rice cheese casserole, but you can also use Brown Rice to make this mouth-watering casserole.
To make this Casserole, you can use fresh broccoli, as it is easily available in the market.
But if you can’t find them you can always use the frozen broccoli. But it is always good to use fresh broccoli, as it gives the casserole a great taste and crunch.
You can serve this delicious pot of Broccoli Rice along with Baked Chicken and fresh Summer Salad on the side.
You can also serve it along with Cream of Mushroom Soup, for a Winter dinner.
Can you freeze it?
Yes, you can freeze Broccoli and Rice Casserole. But before you freeze it, let the dish cool down properly and then cover it in a double layer of tin foil.
But make sure you thaw it before heating it again, to remove the excess moisture.
If you are using raw meat in the dish, make sure you cook the meat properly before you freeze it.
Can you put uncooked rice in a Casserole?
Yes, you can put uncooked rice in a casserole. Rice will cook on its own if there is enough liquid in it.
So make sure you have enough sauce in the casserole so that the rice gets cooked properly and doesn’t get dry.
I strongly suggest sticking to the measurements given below while making this casserole.
It’s super easy to make the result will be delicious when you follow the measurements correctly.
If you are making it for the first time, just make sure you have twice the amount of liquid as your rice.
For example, if you are using 1 cup of rice, just take 2 cups of liquid to make the Rice casserole.
If you want it more creamy, then you can add more sauce in it.
What more you can add in this Casserole?
You can always add vegetables of your choice to make a casserole.
Along with Broccoli, you can add other vegetables such as sweet potato, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, cauliflower, etc. to make it more healthy.
But if you are looking to make a non-vegetarian casserole, then you can add Shrimp or Chicken.
How to make it in Slow Cooker?
You can also make your favorite Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole in a slow cooker.
Just spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add all the ingredients except cheddar cheese inside the cooker and mix it well.
Cover and cook on HIGH for about 2 hours or LOW on 4 hours, sprinkle cheddar cheese and cook for another hour and your Broccoli Rice Casserole is ready to serve.
Step by Step Recipe
Heat butter and olive oil in a pan.
Add onion and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add rice and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add flour and cook for another minute.
Add milk slowly and mix continuously.
Cook until the sauce thickens. Add vegetable broth, fresh cream, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Cover the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes.
Stir in the broccoli and processed cheese.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top evenly.
Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until the rice is cooked and the cheese melts. Serve hot.
Broccoli Rice Casserole Recipe
- 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 cup Onion (Finely Chopped)
- 2 tbsp Celery (Chopped)
- 1 and 1/2 cup Long Grain White Rice
- 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
- 2 cups Milk
- 2 cups Vegetable Broth
- 1/4 cup Fresh Cream
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- Salt & Pepper
- 3 cups Broccoli (Cut into small florets)
- 1 cup Cheddar Cheese (Shredded)
- 1 cup Processed Cheese (Shredded)
- Heat butter and olive oil in a pan.
- Add onion and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Add rice and saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Add flour and cook for another minute.
- Add milk slowly and mix continuously.
- Cook until the sauce thickens.
- Add vegetable broth, fresh cream, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Cover the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes.
- Stir in the broccoli and processed cheese.
- Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top evenly.
- Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes until the rice is cooked and the cheese is melted.
- Serve hot.