Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe

Broccoli Cheese Casserole makes a delicious side dish. A family favorite broccoli cheese casserole that everyone is sure to love.

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So simple to prepare, my broccoli cheese casserole is made from scratch and is an updated version of that old favorite from my childhood that included cans of cream soup. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, I decided a while back to update the recipe to make my own creamy, cheesy sauce for my broccoli cheese casserole and have never looked back.


Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe

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I think once you try it, you won’t look back either.

This broccoli cheese casserole works well as a side dish for so many delicious menus. From Thanksgiving, Christmas, family reunions, to Sunday suppers, broccoli cheese casserole is one of those dishes that just immediately comforts. Well, at least it does for me.


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While this recipe easily fills a 13×9 casserole dish for company, if you’d like to make it in a smaller scale, I recommend pouring it into two smaller casserole dishes and freezing one while preparing the other. In other words, just half it so that you have one to enjoy now and one to enjoy later. You’ll just want to omit the cheese and cracker topping from the one you plan to freeze until right before you plan to bake it.


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Here’s my Broccoli Cheese Casserole recipe. I think you’ll love it.

Yield: 12

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Total Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Broccoli Cheese Casserole makes a delicious side dish for holidays and family get togethers. Get this family favorite broccoli cheese casserole that everyone is sure to love.
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  • 3 heads broccoli cut into florets (about 8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk or heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black or white pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups crushed buttery crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a 13 x 9 - inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add broccoli florets to a large heavy-bottomed stockpot of boiling water. Cook for 3-5 minutes and then drain broccoli from the water. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Whisk in flour until well-combined, then whisk in milk, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and 1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese. Reduce heat to simmer and continue to whisk until sauce simmers slightly around the edges and has thickened slightly. Stir in sour cream.
  4. Arrange broccoli in casserole dish and then pour cream sauce over broccoli. Top with cheddar cheese and crushed crackers.
  5. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Serve warm.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch


Love ya to pieces,
Robyn xo

81 comments on “Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe”

  1. In a few days our church is feeding homeless teens and young adults. We are doing a potato bar type of thing and I thought broccoli with cheese sauce would be a good topping. Is this something that can be made a head of time and would maybe be good to scoop on top of a potato along with chili and our other choices? Or do you thing it’s too thick. I’m trying to do something where I can get it ready ahead of time and not wait have a last minute rush out the door type of thing occur.

    • Hi Jan,
      I’ve not used this as a potato topping before so I can’t say how that tastes, but it is very delicious casserole.
      You can make it ahead of time if you want to freeze, you’ll just want to omit the cheese and cracker topping if you plan to freeze until right before you plan to bake it.
      I want to mention a couple of additional ideas that could help you with options:
      Hot Pimento Cheese Dip, Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip are both delicious hot dips.
      I hope this helps. Best of luck to your church for this dinner – what a blessing to so many! xo

  2. This was different from my usual broccoli casserole but it’s a new favorite! The rich cheesy sauce with just the perfect kick of cayenne was a winner at our recent church luncheon. Several asked for the recipe. I made mine with 2% milk but otherwise made it exactly as written. This one’s a keeper!

  3. This was a hit at our Thanksgiving dinner! Everyone wanted the recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Absolutely delicious!

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