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Today’s Broccoli Rice Casserole is brought to you by Minute® Rice.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole makes a filling and satisfying accompaniment to any meal, especially around the holidays. It’s always a family favorite and super easy to make thanks to Minute® Rice.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

There’s so much to do in the weeks leading up to Christmas, it can be hard to catch your breath, let alone make a family meal. Especially if you are like me and tend to procrastinate with your shopping and decorating. I still have a few presents to buy, but as of last night the tree is decorated.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

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Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

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Rice Pilaf with toasted pecans and dried cranberries.

For lunch today, I cooked some in vegetable broth (you could use chicken broth) and then mixed in a few toasted pecans and dried cranberries. I cannot stop eating it. It is so good. I’m hoping there will be some left for my daughter to eat when she gets home from school.

Rice Pilaf with toasted pecans and dried cranberries.

This pilaf would be perfect paired with turkey or beef for your holiday dinner.

Now, on to Broccoli Rice Casserole. This casserole is one of the very first things I learned to cook (many, many years ago!). Every time I make it I think back to when it was just me and my husband living in a little bungalow. Even though I had spent lots of time in the kitchen as a child, it was always making fun things. When it came to putting a meal on the table every night, I had no idea what to do. This casserole saved me again and again because it is so easy, so economical, and it will feed a crowd – or a couple for a whole week!

This casserole is incredibly cheesy. Who doesn’t love broccoli and cheese? But the best thing about this casserole is thanks to Minute® Rice, there’s no need to cook the rice first. That’s time saved and fewer dishes to wash!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

I cook some onion and celery in a Dutch oven, then add the processed cheese and let it melt. I go ahead and add all the other ingredients to the Dutch oven so I have as few dishes to wash as possible. Mix it really well, spoon it into a casserole dish, and pop it in the oven. Easy as can be.

So if you find yourself overwhelmed this holiday season and responsible for more than your fair share of meal preparation, turn to Minute® Rice to save the day. Make a quick and easy casserole or a healthy rice pilaf to accompany your holiday meal. Or maybe one of the 400+ recipes on the Minute® rice website. There are so many ways to cook Minute® Rice!


Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Broccoli Rice Casserole

PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 40 minutes
TOTAL: 55 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) package processed American cheese, (cut into cubes)
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 1/2 cups Minute rice uncooked
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli, defrosted
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole dish (9X13-inch).
  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat and add onion and celery. Cook 5 minutes.
  • Add cubes of processed cheese and stir until mostly melted.
  • Add remaining ingredients, except shredded cheddar. Mix well.
  • Spoon into prepared dish, cover with aluminum foil. (Spray foil with cooking spray so it doesn't stick to the food.)
  • Place in oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil, sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and leave in oven for another 10-15 minutes.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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102 thoughts on “Broccoli Rice Casserole”

  1. Thanks for the updated Broccoli Rice casserole.
    I made it as directed but my family thought it was a little too cheesy. Like an something be too cheesy? It was plenty moist a a very cheesy side dish. Thanks again

  2. I made this Dish Yesterday and it was simply delicious and easy. I made two different Broccoli and Rice dishes and I even put a spin on one. And that to came out great. Thank you So Much.

  3. I followed the recipe almost to a “T” except I cooked the onion in the butter in the microwave and omitted the celery because I was in a hurry! I melted the cheese in the microwave as well. Came out great! I did add 1-1/2 baked chicken breasts as well. My picky grandkids and the rest if the family loved it! I will definitely make this again!

    1. Shellie Mayfield

      I too skip the celery because I don’t like it, but instead I swapped out the cream of chicken for a can of cream of celery and it was amazing.

  4. Kelly Leonard

    Read all the reviews…I pre cooked my rice instead of putting in “raw” turned out fabulous. I did add about 1/2 teaspoon of dried mustard and little bit more season salt/pepper (to my liking) flavor was great but definitely like cooking rice before adding. I really like this recipe!

  5. This was the best cheesy broccoli rice I’ve ever had. I played with the recipe some, added ham and honey mustard and topped with some seasoned bread crumbs. Will definitely make again!!

  6. This broccoli and rice recipe turned out great! I made my own cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup. I recommend doing so as well. You really cannot go wrong.

  7. I just finished cooking the broccoli rice and it came out delicious! I used brown rice instead of brown rice. I also used nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it came out just as good! I did put the casserole back in the oven and cooked on low for an extra 17 minutes to let the brown rice cook a little more. The next time I’ll add a tad more chopped broccoli. I love the flavor and “kick” from the black pepper and cayenne pepper. This looks to be a keeper!

  8. April Rodriguez

    I made a HUGE mistake and didn’t use Minute Rice, I put regular long grain rice and didn’t pre cook rice, my casserole was crunchy, wish there was some trick to fixing it

    1. Just A dude tryna get high

      Dude. I have never been that high but where you getting that sweet cali herb my friend?

    2. Ahh… what you had to do is add some chicken broth and cook it longer. Real rice either needs to be precooked (you can buy cooked brown rice frozen) or you need to add a lot more liquid.

      A friend made this at Thanksgiving (without the celery) and I enjoyed it but it was a little subtle for me. I followed all the directions but did tweak it to use fresh broccoli, because I like texture. I too omitted the celery but added two cloves of garlic instead. And I increased the pepper and cayenne. And I used brown minute rice instead of the white. Worked out well!

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