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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. You can simply steam this in a steamer for a couple of minutes before using. You could also use frozen broccoli.
Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole is a dish that is perfect for the holidays, or perhaps even a pot luck dinner. This is one of the 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 Aldis. 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.

If you enjoy this casserole, be sure to check many other great Casserole Recipes I have.

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Quick and Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole

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  • Recipe Type: Casserole Recipes, Side Dish Recipes, Featured
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:20 minutes
  • Serves: 8
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.

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  • granny

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

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe.

  • Cicilia

    Thanks for the recipe! I can’t cook but with this I feel like I can actually cook coz it tastes delicious!

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope you give this one a try! It really is easy.

  • Jeanne

    Cheddar cheese okay to use?

    • stephaniemanley

      It won’t melt like American cheese. For this recipe, I wouldn’t suggest using it.

  • Jenn

    YUM, loving all the cheese on top of this casserole!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thanks, it is a pretty cheesy casserole.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.


    this recipe is great for quick meal. I love it


    hmm yummy. Start do this recipe…