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Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

This broccoli cheese rice casserole is a classic! This creamy side dish is loaded with broccoli and heaps of golden cheese. Each bite is irresistible!

One serving of broccoli cheese rice casserole on small white plate

We love cheesy side dishes and this one reminds us of our favorite cheesy hashbrown potato casserole.

It’s an excellent addition to any dinner or holiday and always popular at potlucks!

It’s incredibly easy to whip together in about 5 minutes, but it does take a bit of foresight since you’ll need already cooked rice.

Broccoli cheese rice casserole in baking dish before baking

Pro tip: plan another meal during the week which uses rice, such as Puerto Rican carne guisada, and make extra rice to kill two birds with one stone.

You can also set the rice to cook while you prepare the other ingredients.

Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

Besides the rice, there are a few other tips to note about the ingredients:

  • Broccoli: like the rice, this needs to be cooked before adding to the casserole.

This can be done easily by a quick boil, or steaming in the microwave. Be sure to drain any excess water.

  • Condensed soup: we like cream of mushroom, but cream of chicken works just as well!

My aunt never uses creamed soup in her broccoli rice casserole, so that’s an option as well.

If you leave out the soup, the finished dish will be cheesy and tender, but with a firmer texture.

  • Cheese: Velveeta or Cheez Whiz are traditionally used in this recipe.

I used American cheese which you can purchase at the deli counter, but cheddar would be just as great!

  • Eggs: this broccoli casserole is special since it contains eggs – most recipes do not!

The eggs help bind the casserole and give it a light texture similar to souffle. 

If you leave them out (you can), the casserole will have a very creamy texture like mac and cheese.

Red bowl with broccoli cheese rice casserole ingredients ready to mix

When it comes to preparing broccoli cheese and rice casserole, it doesn’t get any easier than this!

Simply mix all the ingredients together and pour into your baking dish.

Tips for making cheesy broccoli rice casserole:

  1. Grease the pan well! If you don’t, you’ll be scrubbing little bits of cheese and rice for days!

I love the outside pieces of the casserole that get a little crispy, but I do not like washing dishes!

  1. When mixing all of the ingredients, add the salt and pepper before you add the eggs.

That way you can taste and see if it needs more seasoning, but you don’t have to eat raw eggs.

Broccoli cheese rice casserole in baking dish with one scoop missing


Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Made as written Very good. Will put on recipe cycle

Donna Whelchel

Sunday 25th of February 2024

Cracker Barrel has the best Broccoli Cheeese Rice Casserole.I had it a week ago.It was sooo good just what I wanted to eat.That was my first time seeing it on the menu and it sounded so good and was better than it sounds.


Saturday 28th of October 2023

Can this recipe be prepared the day ahead. . .if the eggs are left out?


Saturday 28th of October 2023

Yes, it can be prepared and refrigerated up to 2 days in advance without eggs. Or you can bake it and reheat in the oven the next day, but I would add extra milk to the recipe so it doesn't get too dry.


Wednesday 9th of November 2022

Can you use wild rice?


Thursday 10th of November 2022

I'm not sure how that would affect the cook time and liquid ratio.


Saturday 5th of November 2022

Can this recipe be frozen? We are a family of two and I'd like to freeze half.


Monday 7th of November 2022

Hi Debbie, freezing it should be just fine!