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Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Bake

A Perfectly Creamy and Comforting Side Dish

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Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Bake

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 35 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 45 minutesServings:10 servingsCalories:450 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year

Description

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with this Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Bake. This dish combines the nutty flavors of cooked rice with the vibrant, crunchy texture of broccoli, all smothered in a rich, cheesy sauce. It’s a side that effortlessly transforms into a main course, perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or any occasion that calls for a hearty and satisfying meal.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Begin by assembling your ingredients and readying your kitchen. Set your oven to a moderate 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lightly oil a 3-quart casserole dish.
  2. Take a sizable, microwave-friendly bowl and add the broccoli along with a couple of tablespoons of water. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on a high setting for 5 minutes, remembering to give it a good stir halfway through. Once done, drain any excess liquid.
  3. While the broccoli is becoming tender, place a skillet over a medium flame and melt a tablespoon of butter. Toss in the chopped celery, onion, and a hint of garlic, sautéing the mix until it’s soft and fragrant, which should take around 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Warm the soups and milk in a pot, stirring until everything is well combined and heated.
  5. In the bowl with the drained broccoli, mix in the sautéed veggies. Fold in the shredded cheese, a dash of mustard, a sprinkle of paprika, and a pinch of black pepper to taste.
  6. Fold the cooked rice into the mix, ensuring it’s evenly distributed throughout. Once combined, transfer this mixture into your greased baking dish.
  7. For a crispy topping, blend the panko breadcrumbs with the remaining tablespoon of melted butter and scatter this over your casserole.
  8. Place the dish in your oven and let it bake until the top turns a golden brown and the casserole is bubbling with deliciousness, which should be about 30 to 40 minutes.
  9. Once baked to perfection, remove from the oven and let it sit for a brief moment. Serve up this comforting bake and enjoy the blend of flavors and textures!

Notes

  • For a healthier twist, consider using reduced-fat cheese sauce and low-sodium condensed soup. Fresh broccoli can be used instead of frozen; just blanch it before adding to the casserole.
Keywords:broccoli rice casserole, cheesy broccoli bake, comfort food, side dish, potluck recipe

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the casserole, cover it, and refrigerate. Just add a few extra minutes to the baking time when ready to cook.

Can I use a different type of soup?

Certainly! Cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup can be used as substitutes for cream of chicken.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until thoroughly warmed.

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