Quick and easy broccoli-rice casserole is a side dish you can put together in no time. I am using fresh broccoli in this recipe—I think it tastes better than frozen broccoli. To use fresh broccoli, you can simply steam this in a steamer for a couple of minutes before using. You could also use frozen broccoli, it works just fine.
Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole is a dish that is perfect for the holidays, or perhaps even a potluck dinner. Making this casserole is one of the best ways that you can get even finicky eaters to take in some broccoli. You can use either fresh or frozen broccoli, your choice. I love to pick up fresh broccoli and make it for dinner, and if there is some left over, I will use it for this dish.
For this recipe, I like to use the store brand of American cheese. While I do like Velveeta brand cheese, I often think that store brands will work well. I like Clancey's from Aldi. I also love the brand from HEB, of which they rightfully name the party cheese. This dish reheats well, for me that is important. As I do a lot of cooking on the weekends and reheat dishes through the week when I have dinner. You can also stop by your deli in the grocery store and ask them for some American cheese for the recipe.
I have to tell you a little story about this recipe. This is a variation on the recipe that my Grandmother used to make. She used instant rice in her dish, but my preference is for regular long grain rice. I think it has a better texture and it reheats better than instant rice. I had made this dish for a potluck when I had very little in the house, and it was a big hit. I know it isn't the most sophisticated dish, but for me, I know a dish is a winner when the dish comes back empty.
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Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole
Make quick and easy broccoli rice casserole for any meal. This is a great dish to make ahead and reheat later.
- 12 to 16 ounces chopped broccoli (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 small onion)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup diced Velveeta cheese, in small cubes
- 1 (10.75-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
- 2 cups cooked white rice
If you are using fresh broccoli, steam in a steamer until just done. Follow the directions on your steamer, or steam with a pot and a steamer insert. This takes 5 to 7 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, cook the onion in the butter until transparent. Add the cheese, soup, broccoli, and rice to the onions and stir through to melt the cheese and heat it all. You can serve this dish now, or you can put it in an 8-inch square baking pan, cover, and refrigerate. When you are ready to serve, uncover and reheat it in a 350 degree F oven for about 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.