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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. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Minute Rice cooks faster than Success Rice so I’m not really sure how that would work.

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

      1. Thanks, Here it goes! I’ll let you know how it works out. Thanks for the recipe! Happy Thanksgiving!

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

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I haven’t tried that Elise so I really can’t say for sure how it would turn out. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. 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!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it Jenny! Next time I make it I’m going to have to add some ritz cracker son top! Hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving. 🙂

  6. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    That cream cheesy broccoli casserole looks divine, Christin!!!! I am absolutely drooling over that photo with the serving spoon! Perfection as always!

  7. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    I totally love the look and feel of this dish. I am printing the recipe and will use over the break with the kids home.

  8. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    I’m always up for a cheesy rice casserole, and this gorgeous one is definitely ticking of all my yum boxes! Definitely putting this one on my dinner menu! 🙂

  9. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    I love casserole recipe and this one looks so creamy, cheesy and of course delicious, Christin! Pinned!

  10. 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!

  11. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I love how quick and easy this is! Those dishes are always so nice, especially in the busy seasons! And you’re right, who doesn’t love broccoli and cheese!

  12. Annie @Maebells

    You can never have too many quick and easy dishes like this! I love anything with broccoli and cheddar!

  13. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This casserole looks amazing, Christin! I love how cheesy and creamy it is. My dad makes a similar dish for Thanksgiving, but not with rice in it. I love this variation! Pinned!

  14. Amanda @ A Chick Named Dumplin'

    This looks so creamy and cheesy and yummy! That pilaf looks amazing too. Now I need rice for lunch.

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