Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole

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 it in a steamer for a couple of minutes before using it. You could also use frozen broccoli, it works just fine.
Broccoli Rice Casserole on a fork above a plate of it.

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.

Ingredients for the Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole.

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 throughout 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.

Broccoli Rice Casserole on a plate.

I have to tell you a little story about this Broccoli Rice Casserole 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. Year after year this dish shows up as one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

If you enjoy this casserole, be sure to check many other great Casserole Recipes I have.
Some of my favorite casserole recipes include
Baked Spaghetti Casserole
Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Looking for other easy rice side dishes check out these favorites
Stick of Butter Rice – Savory Rice Dish with just 4 ingredients
Mexican Rice Casserole
Gaudalajara Cilantro Rice
Thai Star Thai Fried Rice

Broccoli Rice Casserole on a fork above a plate of it.

Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole is the perfect easy to make side dish everyone will love.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli Rice Casserole, Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole
Servings: 8
Calories: 179kcal


  • 16 ounces chopped broccoli fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Velveeta cheese diced
  • 10.75-ounce cream of chicken soup 1 can
  • 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.



Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 51.3mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Roberta

    5 stars
    Try putting some Cajun boudin in it everyone is always begging me to make it again. Thank you for the wonderfully delicious recipe

  2. Linda

    No one makes rice any more. get yourself a rice maker they are heaven. they make the best rice and save you so much time . simply drop your ingredients in the pot and turn it on. after it cooks it will automatically go on warm. what could be better then that!

  3. granny

    5 stars
    Just made this but used cream of mushroom (all I had in my pantry) and 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon graduals…. followed instructions on printed recipe… very good!!! This one is a keeper!!

  4. Amy Stafford

    My son loves broccoli cheddar soup, so he will be thrilled when I make up a batch of this for dinner. Thanks for sharing.

    • stephaniemanley

      I think this is a great way to sneak in vegetables. I used to have a sister in law that was completely against anything with chlorophyll.

  5. Brandy

    I have been making this for years! Add chicken for a complete meal, buttery round cracker crumbs makes a tasty topping. If you’re out of cream of chicken, you can substitute mayo. Super yummy!

    • stephaniemanley

      I love the addition of the crackers you are adding. I will try this the next time I make this recipe. Thank you for your suggestion.

  6. Culinary Workshops

    Ah broccoli is a personal favorite. It is delicious and highly nutritious and I have been collecting broccoli recipes and experimenting with my own since I started cooking. Your casserole looks sumptuous.

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