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Creamy Broccoli and Rice Casserole - a delicious make ahead side dish for your Thanksgiving feast.
Make Ahead Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This creamy and cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole is a delicious make ahead side dish for your holiday or anytime feast. It contains just a few ingredients, and is a snap to make. Add 2 cups of leftover ham and you have an outstanding after Easter dish that is company worthy!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli Casserole
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 340 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 16 ounce package frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup undiluted
  • 8 ounces Velveeta Cheese
  • 1 cup Minute rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons plain bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Bring pan of water with 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil. Add broccoli florets. When water returns to a boil, remove from heat, pour broccoli in colander and rinse with cold water. Drain well; set aside.
  3. Heat cream of mushroom soup and Velveeta Cheese in a large saucepan until cheese melts. Add broccoli and rice; stir to combine. (See Tip 1)

  4. Pour into a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese and bread crumbs on top. Dot with butter. (May be prepared in advance up to this point - cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
  5. Bake at 350° F for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
  6. Yield: 6 servings.
Chula's Expert Tips
  1. For a company worthy meal, add 2 cups of cubed cooked turkey or chicken to broccoli and rice mixture. Proceed as above.
Nutrition Facts
Make Ahead Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 2025mg84%
Potassium 857mg24%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1100IU22%
Vitamin C 67.4mg82%
Calcium 417mg42%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.