Sometimes we just need a little comfort food, and comfort food often involves cheese, right? I had been wanting to make a really cheesy, creamy broccoli casserole for some time, and finally had the chance to create one! I love how super-creamy and cheesy it is—and the buttery cracker topping is pretty wonderful too! 🙂
This makes a great side dish and is a very tasty way to eat your broccoli! If you want to make this casserole a little more like a meal, you can add some cooked rice to the mixture—about 1 to 2 cups—and you could have it for a light lunch or dinner!
BROCCOLI-CHEESE CASSEROLE by NancyC
Makes a 9×13′′ pan
2 (10.5-ounce) cans condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup sour cream or light sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise or light mayonnaise
Optional: 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
dash of salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 (16-ounce) bags or 1 (32-ounce) bag frozen broccoli flowerets, thawed
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 cups crushed Ritz® Crackers
1/3 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 ̊F. Grease or spray a 9×13′′ pan or baking dish with non-stick spray; set aside.
In a very large mixing bowl, stir together the condensed soup (undiluted), sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard (if using), dash of salt & pepper, garlic powder, paprika, chopped onion, thawed broccoli, and 2 cups of the shredded cheese (save 1 cup for sprinkling on top).
Spread mixture evenly into your prepared 9×13′′ pan or baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
Mix the crushed crackers with the melted butter in a small bowl until crumbs are moistened, then sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole.
Bake at 350 ̊F for 30 to 35 minutes, until bubbly and broccoli is tender. Serve while casserole is hot.
NOTES: if desired, add 1 to 2 cups of cooked rice to the mixture. Optional topping: instead of topping the casserole with cracker crumbs mixed with butter, you can top with a 3.5-ounce bag of french-fried onions instead —or use 1 1/2 bags, if you like a heavy topping!—add the onions to the top of the casserole the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
Another nice thing about this recipe is that the baking time is only 30 to 35 minutes! Have you been making any “comfort food” type casseroles lately?
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