Broccoli Casserole without Cream of Mushroom

Broccoli Casserole – Healthy Broccoli Casserole – NO cream of anything soup!! Loaded with broccoli, onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms. Top with cheddar AND parmesan cheese! This is seriously DELICIOUS! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later!  Onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms, salt, pepper, flour, milk, cheddar, parmesan, broccoli, ritz crackers, butter.

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Broccoli Casserole without Cream of Mushroom

This Broccoli Casserole is loaded with veggies and has NO cream of anything soup! Woot woot!! This casserole is loaded with broccoli, onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms, cheddar, AND parmesan cheese. It just doesn’t get much better. This is definitely our new favorite way to eat broccoli. It was so good that I could have made a meal out of this yummy casserole!

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How to Make Broccoli Cheese Casserole

This casserole does take a few minutes to whisk up the sauce, but it is worth it to be able to ditch the cream of anything soup. To make this side dish, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cook until vegetables are soft and lightly brown. Sprinkle flour over vegetables. Cook for 1 minute. Slowly add milk and bring to a boil. Stir frequently. Cook until the mixture starts to thicken and is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses and broccoli. Pour into a prepared baking dish. Top broccoli mixture with crushed Ritz crackers and butter and bake.

spoonful of broccoli and mushrooms

What to Serve with Cheesy Broccoli

You can make this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it for later. LOVE easy make-ahead recipes like this!! We served this casserole with some grilled chicken. It was perfect! We both agreed that this was going into the rotation. A healthy and delicious side dish that can be enjoyed year-round.

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Broccoli Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Broccoli Casserole – Healthy Broccoli Casserole – NO cream of anything soup!! Loaded with broccoli, onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms. Top with cheddar AND parmesan cheese! This is seriously DELICIOUS! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later!  Onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms, salt, pepper, flour, milk, cheddar, parmesan, broccoli, ritz crackers, butter. #broccoli #casserole #sidedish

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 8- oz sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • 3 cups milk, can use low-fat
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 2 (12.6-oz) packages frozen baby broccoli florets
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 Tbsp butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables are soft and lightly brown.
  • Sprinkle flour over vegetables. Cook for 1 minute. Slowly add milk and bring to a boil. Stir frequently. Cook about 3 minutes until mixture starts to thicken and is smooth.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses and broccoli. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Top broccoli mixture with crushed Ritz crackers and dot with butter.
  • Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.

Steph

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  1. I would think 40 minutes would be asufficient amount of time if I use fresh broccoli instead instead of frozen?

    1. I have only made this with frozen broccoli florets. You will just need to check the casserole at 40 minutes and see if the broccoli is at the desired tenderness.

  2. My 5 year old son loves broccoli and I’m pretty sure he will love this hot dish! He will he a whole head of broccoli on his own ��

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