Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Broccol and Bleu Cheese Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

A new spin on a classic Broccoli and Cheese Casserole that’s easily made with broccoli florets and a cheesy sauce.  Then it is baked until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown.  A wonderful side dish to serve family and guests, and they will keep coming back for more!

A delicious recipe, this broccoli and cheese casserole is a winner!  Take our word for it.

It is a simple recipe that is easy to put together and into the oven, it goes!

We love broccoli, no question about it, we have a few of our faves, like our Best Broccoli Salad, and our Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Wine & Cheese, just to name a few.

But this broccoli and cheese casserole is amazing and positively delicious and one your family and friends will ask for seconds!

You can serve it with your favorite main dishes, and even with our:

Add some cheesy mini biscuits Jim n Nicks copycat, along with a green salad to complete the meal.

Besides, it not only makes a perfect side dish to serve any day of the week, but it’s a great way to get more broccoli into your meals.

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

A white casserole dish with broccoli . by 2sistersrecipes.com

Ingredients Needed for our Broccoli and Cheese Casserole…

For this recipe: you will need these simple ingredients:

  • milk
  • butter
  • flour
  • bleu cheese
  • cream cheese
  • frozen broccoli florets

There are 3 easy steps to making this casserole.

1. First Step: Cook the frozen broccoli florets.

2. Second Step: The cheese sauce is easily made with 5 ingredients and blended with tender broccoli.  Then it is transferred to a casserole dish and topped with a thin layer of bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.

3. Final Step: Bake for 25 minutes, remove and it’s ready to serve.

Easy-peasy  … and Totally Delicious! 

There’s no need for any additional ingredients.  Plus, no condensed, or creamed soups are needed for this recipe.

The decadent cheese flavors come from two kinds of cheeses, offering a creamy texture while flavoring the broccoli.

It’s so good, everyone will ask you for this recipe.

A spoonful of creamy broccoli . by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

 

*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 of 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 the 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 the heat and drain the 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, and 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.

4.  Pour into the broccoli and mix together until well combined.

5.  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.

6.  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

 

COOK’S NOTES and TIPS!

  • If you are looking to make this broccoli casserole gluten-free, omit the bread crumbs and flour, and use gluten-free crumbs along with 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.
  • This was one of the first casserole dishes we posted when we started years ago and the recipe is adapted from my dear neighbor and friend, 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.
  • I love the ease of throwing everything together and placing it into the oven.  And, you will too!

 

Best of all, everyone devoured this casserole and enjoyed it immensely.  Many thanks to my dear friend, Dorothy!

 

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Broccoli and Cheese Casserole, by 2sistersrecipes.com

Additional recipes for Broccoli…

Finally, more tasty casserole recipes? …try these:

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole

Broccoli and Bleu Cheese Casserole by 2sistersrecipes.com

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. With a few simple ingredients, you can easily turn plain broccoli into your new favorite 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 of 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 the 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 the heat and drain the 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, and 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 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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 ser vings

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 8.8gCarbohydrates: 8.5gFiber: 2.9gSugar: 3.3gProtein: 4.3g

Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 1 cup Servings: 8  Calories: 134 Total Fat: 8.8g, Saturated Fat: 5.5g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 337mg, Total Carbohydrate: 8.5g, Dietary Fiber: 2.9g, Total Sugars: 3.3g Protein: 4.3g Vitamin D: 2mcg, Calcium: 91mg, Potassium: 257mg..

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14 Comments

  1. My grandmother had this recipe and my mother would make it for Christmas every year. One year, she decided to exclude it, but I loved it so much I decided to make it myself. Unfortunately, being an irresponsible young adult, I had lost the recipe. Now, I have finally found the exact same recipe here and I’m so happy. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Errin! I’m so happy you found this recipe! This was a recipe given to me by a dear friend of mine, Dorothy Cook, and we make this casserole often. It is a great recipe, and it’s perfect for the holidays, and wonderful to serve all year long. ENJOY and Happy Holidays and a safe and happy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 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

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