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Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole , by 2sistersrecipes.com

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Creamy and delicious, this Broccoli and Cheese Casserole is easily made with chopped broccoli florets mixed with a creamy cheesy sauce and baked until golden brown.  It makes a wonderful side dish to serve your family and guests, and one that will keep them coming back for more!

We love broccoli, no question about it. 

But this broccoli and cheese casserole is positively delicious and not at all a boring broccoli dish. 

In fact, it’s far from it.  It makes a great side dish you can serve with our parmesan-crusted chicken cutlets, and our cheesy mini biscuits and have an easy dinner.

With a few simple ingredients, you can easily turn plain broccoli into this flavorful casserole!

 

 

To Make This Broccoli and Cheese Casserole:

For this recipe:

 You will need some milk, butter, flour along with some bleu cheese and cream cheese to make the creamy cheese sauce.  

Then the cheese sauce is transferred and mixed with tender broccoli, topped with a thin layer of bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese, and baked for 25 minutes. 

That’s it and SO easy!  … and Totally Delicious! 

There is no need to add additional ingredients, no condensed nor creamed soups to this casserole. Both kinds of cheese together offer a creamy texture while flavoring the broccoli.

Trust me, no one will ever notice the bleu cheese in this casserole.

 

Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole is an excellent choice to serve as a side dish for a family meal, dinner party, or special occasion.

I love the ease of throwing everything together and placing it into the oven.  And, you will too!

If you are looking to make this broccoli casserole gluten-free, omit the bread crumbs and flour, and use gluten-free crumbs and almond or oat flour.

You may even omit the flour altogether and use half and half cream instead of milk.  The half and half will thicken as it bakes into a creamy cheesy broccoli casserole.l

This was one of the first casserole dishes we posted when we started years ago and the recipe is adapted from my neighbor Dorothy Cook.  

The original recipe calls for crumbled saltine crackers on top (to offer some crunch), but I decided to top it with some bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese instead.  

Best of all, everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!  Many thanks to Dorothy!

 

 

*Full recipe card below! 

Ingredients Needed for Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter

  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

  • 1 (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened

  • 1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese

  • 1+ 1/4 cups milk

  • 3 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli florets – steamed, drained

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 2 tsp. plain bread crumbs (or 1/4 cup crumbled saltine crackers)

  • 2 tsp. grated parmigiana cheese

  • olive oil cooking spray

 

Directions: 

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 2.5 or 3-quart baking dish with cooking oil. Set aside.

2.  In a large saucepot with 2 inches of water, add 3 packages of frozen broccoli florets and salt. Cover and bring water to boil and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and drain broccoli. Return broccoli to pot and cover, allowing broccoli to steam for a few minutes.

3.  In the meantime, in a small saucepan, whisk together butter, flour, then add in the milk, cream cheese, and blue cheese on low heat.  Stirring mixture until mixture comes to a low boil and the cheeses have completely melted. Turn off the heat. Pour into the broccoli and mix together until well combined.

4.  Transfer broccoli and cheese mixture into a 2.5 or 3-quart casserole baking dish and top with a light layer of plain bread crumbs and then with grated Parmesan cheese.

5.  Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top turns golden and the sides are bubbly.  Remove and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.   

Serves 6 to 8

 

 

 

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Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole

Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

Creamy and delicious this Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole is easily made with chopped broccoli florets mixed with a creamy cheesy sauce and baked until golden brown. With a few simple ingredients, you can easily turn plain broccoli into this flavorful casserole!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 (4-ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1+ 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli florets - steamed, drained
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. plain bread crumbs (or 1/4 cup crumbled saltine crackers)
  • 2 tsp. grated parmigiana cheese
  • olive oil cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 2.5 or 3-quart baking dish with cooking oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepot with 2 inches of water, add 3 packages of frozen broccoli florets and salt. Cover and bring water to boil and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and drain broccoli. Return broccoli to pot and cover, allowing broccoli to steam for a few minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
  3. In the meantime, in a small saucepan, whisk together butter, flour, then add in the milk, cream cheese, and blue cheese on low heat. Stirring mixture until mixture comes to a low boil and the cheeses have completely melted. Turn off the heat. Pour into the broccoli and mix together until well combined.
  4. Transfer broccoli and cheese mixture into a 2.5 or 3-quart casserole baking dish and top with a light layer of plain bread crumbs and then with grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top turns golden and the sides are bubbly. Remove and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Serves 6 to 8

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12 Comments

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    annaliz
    March 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Tha Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs creates a nice flavorful crust on top I think you like this version Cheri. Have a great day!

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    March 10, 2017 at 1:16 am

    HI Anna and Liz, what a fabulous casserole, we all love broccoli and blue cheese. The bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese complete this perfectly.

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    annaliz
    March 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you Sue! I don't think anyone will ever notice the blue cheese- it's not over powering with the right amount.
    But I do hope you will try this recipe and let me know the outcome. Hope you have a great weekend!
    Xoxo

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    March 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Since I'm the only person in my family who eats bleu cheese, I'd have to sub another kind but I'm already drooling over the possibilities! This sounds delicious!

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    annaliz
    October 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks Patty! It has become one of our favorites too!

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    Patty Cook
    October 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Aw, my mom was pleased and proud that you asked her, Anna! Yum, its always been one of my favorites as well!

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    The Harried Cook
    March 27, 2012 at 2:41 am

    My daughter would love this 🙂 And so would I! Looks great… And I just adore blue cheese 🙂

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    Anonymous
    March 24, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This looks really great and easy, I love your blog!
    Kathy

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    Anonymous
    March 24, 2012 at 12:08 am

    This looks really good and I love your blog.
    Kathy

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    annaliz
    March 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks Tricia! You can't taste the blue cheese but it gave a nice flavor and creamy texture to the broccoli.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    March 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Haven't seen this version of broccoli casserole before but I like it! I bet the blue cheese really does stand out. Yum

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