Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole Recipe: A Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish by Donna John

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6 months ago

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole Recipe: A Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish

My daughter is hosting her first Thanksgiving. She lives in another state, and I have enjoyed every minute of the calls asking for help with recipes, ingredients and other cooking tips. One side dish she'll serve to her 27 (!) guests is this cheesy broccoli rice casserole recipe.

This creamy broccoli rice casserole is always a hit at the holidays. The original recipe calls for Minute Rice, but she chose to cook regular white rice instead. This is just what you need on your plate beside that turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole.

To make this broccoli cheese casserole you will need butter, onion, celery, American cheese, seasoned salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, rice (see Recipe Notes), milk, sour cream, frozen broccoli (see Recipe Notes) and cheddar cheese. Serve this cheesy vegetable casserole as a side dish with any dinner or those special holiday dinners. 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 box (16 ounces) processed American cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (10 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (10 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 1/2 cups Minute Rice, uncooked, or 2 1/2 cups cooked white rice
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed 
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Recipe Notes

  • You could substitute steamed fresh broccoli for the frozen broccoli. 
  • Try different cheeses like gruyere, gouda, fontina, mozzarella or provolone.
  • If you don't use Minute Rice, regular white rice must be cooked first before adding it to the casserole. Do not overcook the rice or the casserole will be mushy.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and celery. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the cheese cubes and stir until melted.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except cheddar cheese. Stir well. 
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and bake about 10 minutes more. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 291

Total Fat: 17.8g

Saturated Fat: 9.8g

Cholesterol: 51mg

Sodium: 995mg

Total Carbohydrate: 22.9g

Dietary Fiber: 1.8g

Total Sugars: 5.3g

Protein: 13.1g

Vitamin D: 2mcg

Calcium: 330mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 139mg

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Wouldn’t have thought of rice casserole for the holidays but this looks perfect.
Elisa Schmitz
Um, 27 guests? I am SO impressed! And this casserole looks absolutely delicious. I'm trying it! #yum

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