Vegetarian Dish

vegetarian main dish casserole with broccoli and rice

In this dish, there are a variety of vegetables and spices that produce a flavorful casserole. This vegetarian main dish is rich in flavor and easy to prepare.
vegetarian main dish casserole with broccoli and rice

This easy scratch made Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole is a total crowd pleaser! We love this vegetarian recipe for everything from holiday meals to family dinners. It can be made in advance and the leftovers rock! No cans or condensed cream-of-anything soup.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a [email protected]$$ in the kitchen.

Other times I grab a 400 degree baking sheet with my bare hands and wind up in bandages.

It’s the cast iron skillet fiasco all over again, guys, and I’m kind of a moron.

So next time you have a little kitchen snafu and think “Man I’m really bad at cooking” or “I’m such a mess in the kitchen” don’t fret. Instead think of your friendly neighborhood food blogger, who still grabs scalding hot things with her bare hands, drops and breaks drinking glasses like it’s an olympic sport, and makes a big ole mess on the regular.

Trust me, you’ve got this.

Now that we’ve got the pep talk out of the way, I can thoroughly gush over the amazingness that is this cheesy broccoli rice casserole! HOLY COW it’s good!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

This easy cheesy broccoli rice casserole is one of our favorite vegetarian side dishes! It features a creamy, totally luxe homemade cheese sauce made with gouda, cheddar, and some buttery garlic for good measure! Cue excessive swooning.

It’s even kiddo approved! I made this dish recently while Paul was in Africa and shared half with my photog bestie — her broccoli-hating babe gobbled it up! <— hello best news ever!

adapted from Budget Bytes

If you get a chance to try this cheesy broccoli rice casserole, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

special diets and swaps

Gluten-Free? You can totally use your favorite all-purpose gluten-free flour in place of the conventional flour to thicken the sauce. My favorite one is the cup for cup GF King Arthur flour blend. If you want to forgo the roux altogether that may be possible as well! There will be less of a thick cheese sauce to blanket the broccoli and rice with but I’m thinking the results would be crazy tasty all the same! Let me know if you get a chance to experiment!

hungry for more?

  • Chopped Cauliflower Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
  • Broccoli Cauliflower Brussels Sprout Gratin
  • Cheesy Kale, Mushroom, and Rice Casserole
  • Loaded Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup

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