Broccoli Rice Casserole

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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

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
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  • 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.


 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.


Looking for more side dish recipes? You have to try this Super Creamy Mac and Cheese!

87 thoughts on “Broccoli Rice Casserole

  1. Minute Rice is like eating pieces of cardboard flavor and nutrition wise. I’ve been making a very similar recipe for 30+ years (without the fake “cheese”) and always cook real brown rice ahead of time. It improves the texture, the flavor and the nutrition!

  2. 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!

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

  4. This is our go to recipe for broccoli and rice casserole since we first used it a few years ago. We love it and our friends and family rave about it when they come. My daughter in law doesn’t even care for broccoli and went back and back again for more! Thanks for sharing it !

  5. I made this without celery and with cooked rice instead of Minute rice. I subbed chicken broth and cream for the cream of chicken soup. It was delicious.

  6. I used velveeta instead of American and cream of celery soup omitting celery in the beginning. It’s excellent!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

      1. I used one can of cream of celery and one can of cream of chicken and mushroom (Campbell’s makes it) and it was perfect!!

  7. Wish I would have found this recipe BEFORE I went shopping. After reading I’m HUNGRY. I know I’ll be making it SOON!

  8. I’m cooking for a vegetarian crowd can I opt out of the can of cream of chicken and add another can of cream of mushroom or do you think it’ll change the flavor too much?

    1. I made this with fresh broccoli, par boiled, sliced waterchestnuts and sauteed sweet roasted red peppers and added sauteed crunched club crackers approximately1-1 1/2 cups and 2-3 Tablespoons on the top and I cut up skinless boneless chicken breasts, diced up and seasoned with poultry seasoning and garlic powder and paprika . YUMMY!!
      it was delicious!

      1. Paula, did you cook the chicken before adding it in? Or did you add it in raw to be cooked? Also, did you have to adjust the cooking time? Sounds delicious with chicken and the crackers on it!

  9. This is a great recipe! I made this and took it for our Easter celebration last week at my parent’s house and everybody loved it. Definitely use the chopped broccoli like the recipe called for. My grocery store didn’t have chopped so I used cut broccoli and a few pieces were super hard.

    Thank you!!!

  10. This broccoli casserole was absolutely amazing and super easy. I used a pound of land o lakes white American and a triple cheddar blend on the top. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. I’ve never tried it with the cheese whiz, but I think it will be good. If I remember correctly though (haven’t eaten cheese whiz in forever) it has a stronger flavor than block cheese so you might not want to overdue it with the cheese whiz.

      1. I have always used cheese wiz in mine. I put half the jar in the mixture and then drizzle the other half over it before putting it in the oven.

    2. Yes, you can absolutely make with cheese whiz, this is how my mom has made it for years. The only time of year I eat cheese whiz!

  11. I’m gonna add some rotisserie chicken to it the morning of Thanksgiving and thank you for this recipe ,looks amazing !!!! I have an amazing cheesy ham green bean casserole recipe that I’m making as well

      1. I do it all the time. You might have to bake longer..make sure you set the casserole dish out so it gets to room temperature.

  12. I have a question re: package processed American cheese. Is it Velveta cheese you cubed or just regular sliced cheese? Looking forward to making this casserole. Thank you.

  13. I was looking for this recipe which we started making years ago. Made with Minute Rice. It was always the best. All the other recipes call for cooked rice & they have never tasted the same. Thanks for putting this out there. Judy Lyon.

  14. I made this today. I put half Velvetta, half sharp cheddar in the mixture. It was delicious! Better than Cheddar’s☺

  15. I was wondering if I could put this in the crock pot. There won’t be much oven space at the in-laws so I’ll need to find an alternate way of cooking it.

  16. I making this rice casserole for Thanksgiving am I able to cook ahead of time and freeze and then heat up the day of?

  17. I made this last night and it was AMAZING! My husband and I loved it and it’s going to be on the Thanksgiving table next week! The only thing I added was 1 cup of ritz crackers mixed with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. I put that on top of the cheddar cheese at the end. Tasted just like Cheddar’s broccoli rice casserole!! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  18. This looks so cheesy and delicious! Broccoli and cheddar is always a favorite and and in a creamy rice casserole that sounds even better! Love that it’s so easy to whip up too!

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