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Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

I knew I had to make this broccoli and cheese casserole from Cook’s Country the minute I saw the recipe. What’s not to love about tender broccoli that’s coated in a homemade cheese sauce then topped with crispy panko parmesan crumbs? My daughter absolutely loved this side dish and not only had thirds but also finished off the leftovers the following day. The rest of my family loved it too. This broccoli and cheese casserole is decadent, delicious and very easy to make.

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

How to Make a Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine the panko crumbs, parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter then toss to coat evenly; set aside.

Place the broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl then season with a small touch of sea salt, to taste. Cover the bowl and cook in 1-minute increments until just fork tender–the broccoli will cook more in the oven. Side Note: My broccoli took 1 minute 30 seconds but it really depends on the microwave and how big the florets are. 

Place the cooked broccoli in the prepared baking dish; set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the half-and-half and bring to a boil. Off heat very slowly add the cheddar cheese while whisking so it melts evenly. Add the American cheese, hot sauce, and dried mustard and whisk until combined. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Pour the cheese sauce on top of the broccoli then toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle the prepared panko crumbs on top evenly.

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling around the edges and golden brown on top. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 - 6
Author: Adapted by Pam / Original by Cook's Country

Ingredients

Panko Parmesan Topping:

  • 6 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • tbsp butter, melted

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole:

  • 1 lb broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • tbsp butter
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • tbsp flour
  • cups half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • slices American cheese *about 1/4 cup or 1 oz
  • 1 tsp hot sauce *I used Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine the panko crumbs, parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter then toss to coat evenly; set aside.
  • Place the broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl then season with a small touch of sea salt, to taste. Cover the bowl and cook in 1-minute increments until just fork tender--the broccoli will cook more in the oven.
    Side Note: My broccoli took 1 minute 30 seconds but it really depends on the microwave and how big the florets are. 
  • Place the cooked broccoli in the prepared baking dish; set aside.
  • Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in the half-and-half and bring to a boil.
  • Off heat very slowly add the cheddar cheese while whisking so it melts evenly.
  • Add the American cheese, hot sauce, and dried mustard and whisk until combined. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. 
  • Pour the cheese sauce on top of the broccoli then toss to coat evenly.
  • Sprinkle the prepared panko crumbs on top evenly. 
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling around the edges and golden brown on top. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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12 Comments

  1. Looks very good Pam and we enjoy broccoli cheese casserole but for some reason we only seem to make it for holiday meals.

  2. What a terrific looking dish! There’s something SO comforting about casseroles like this — perfect for this time of the year. Thanks!

  3. Is it just me, or are the ingredients missing? All I see are the instructions.

    Thank you

    1. Jan,

      Thanks for letting me know! The recipe has been updated.

      -Pam

  4. I don’t see the ingredients either.

    1. Bev,

      Thanks for letting me know! The recipe has been corrected.

      -Pam

  5. Hi Pam:
    It looks great however the ingredients were not listed.

    1. Carole,

      Thanks for letting me know! The recipe has been corrected.

      -Pam

  6. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is definitely a throwback to all the broccoli and cheese my mom made when I was a kid. Definitely have to try this!