Baked Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cheddar Cheese
Recipe type: Side Dish / Vegetable Casserole
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Serves: 4
Baked Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cheddar Cheese ~ is my take on my favorite mac and cheese casserole with a twist; only it's made with veggies and without the mac! It's made with a blend of fresh baby kale, steamed broccoli and cauliflower topped with cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and some cream, then baked until the cheeses have melted, and the veggies are tender.
  • 1 small head fresh cauliflower- rinsed, cord, cut into 2-inch florets
  • 1 small head fresh broccoli -rinsed, cord, cut into 2-inch florets
  • fresh baby kale, about 2 cups or more
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • optional: fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 8 x 8 Pyrex baking dish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. First, steam the broccoli and cauliflower: Place the broccoli and cauliflower in a large pot filled with 1 inch of water. Sprinkle with salt over the vegetables. And cover with a lid. Set it over high heat.
  3. Bring water to a boil, lower and simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until the broccoli turns into a bright green color. Turn off the heat. Drain water, and transfer them back into the pot and set it aside, covered for additional 3 to 4 minutes to steam the vegetables until they are tender to the bite. Then, remove the cover to stop the cooking.
  4. Meantime, layer with fresh baby kale on the bottom of an 8 x 8 Pyrex baking dish and spread evenly.
  5. Transfer the steam vegetables on top the baby kale. Scatter on top with grated Parmesan cheese, and then with cheddar cheese. Drizzle the heavy cream over the vegetables.
  6. Optional: Season with some fresh cracked pepper to taste.
  7. Place the baking dish, uncovered into the oven.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheeses are completely melted and the cream has slightly thickened. Remove and set aside for a few minutes to cool down before serving.
  9. Serves 4
If you are planning to make this casserole for a crowd, double the ingredients.
Recipe by 2 Sisters Recipes by Anna and Liz at